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Volkswagen premieres limited-edition 2014 Beetle GSR

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Forty years ago, Volkswagen launched its sportiest Beetle ever, the GSR, which was based on the 1303S and built in 3,500 copies. Today at the Chicago Auto Show, the German automaker introduced an all-new Beetle GSR that will also be limited to 3,500 units.

Boasting unique styling and 210 horsepower (the 1970s model produced a mere 50), the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR has predominantly yellow body panels, while the hood is mainly black, and the trunklid, roof and exterior mirror caps are all black.

Inside, you'll find black-trimmed leather sport seats and leather steering wheel with contrasting yellow stitching. The latter wears a badge marked with the special edition number (1 through 3500).

The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR also features a Fender audio system, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, and push-button start. It can sprint from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).

More than half of the available units will be sold in the U.S. starting this fall. Pricing remains unknown, as does Canadian availability.

Beetle GSR 2014
Photo: Volkswagen