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Buds or bud As VW found out, it’s to have both. Over the of its long lifespan, the original developed a gender neutral

However, when the second New Beetle appeared in 1998, took the car’s inherent and amplified it. So much so that its base skewed decidedly By the end of the New Beetle’s run (1998-2010), over 60 of the model’s sales were to The bud vase on the dash board a symbol of the Beetle’s uphill to lure guy buyers into the


Seeking a more balanced for the third generation bugs, VW backed off on the cute factor. The edition maintains the familiar, form as before, but it’s now (6 inches), wider (3.3 and slightly lower (.5 inches). side on, the top is noticeably flatter, the more upright, and the rear line is longer. Pulling from the brink of excessive has made the Beetle more It also made it a more platform for a sports version.

Enter the GSR. Volkswagen 2014 lineup includes a run of sporty Beetles, that the car’s performance side. The car its inspiration from a rare, formed Beetle created years ago. The ’73 GSR Schwarzer Renner. or Yellow Racer) was built in a limited run of units. The new version follows with an identical production and a similarly eye-opening, yellow and paint scheme. Special badging and GSR call-outs announce the special status. An oversize juts off the back side. The livery is further set off by 19-inch aluminum rims, shod 235/40 series tires.

the new GSR parallels the previous version’s theme, though the presentation time is considerably more Yellow stitching outlines the on the sport seats and the flat leather-wrapped steering wheel. An dash pad, black mats with yellow and a leather-wrapped gear shift round out the model specific

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Based on the Beetle Turbo Sunroof and Sound model, the GSR is equipped. Interior highlights a Fender premium audio (40 watts), panoramic sunroof but only opens half way Bi-Xenon headlights with LED keyless start, heated seats, and a three gauge cluster atop the center The trio of readouts include a boost gauge, clock a stopwatch function and an oil temperature (though an oil pressure gauge be more useful). VW’s RNS 315 system is also included, it’s performance did not impress. The smart phone sized screen has uninspired graphics and it had the tendency to give short on impending turns.

Otherwise, the GSR’s interior the same strengths and weaknesses as the Beetle models. Controls are straight forward and non-distracting. fit comfortably in front, but while ample headroom in both rear seats quickly run out of if those up front are tall. The holds 15.4 cubic ft. of expandable to 29.9 cu. ft. if you fold the seats down. Doing so require the removal of the rear headrests, if the front seats are back. This isn’t a bad anyway when there’s no one in as the rear headrests cut down visibility. The auxiliary glove box you an enclosed, secondary space for items. The inside armrest as a small, covered storage but it also covers one of the two console-mounted cup A strap on the door-mounted map pocket hold a water bottle, but room for little else

In 25 years of photographing cars, never laid eyes on a edition GSR. However, the spec sheet, you have to that the car was a lot more show go. Even in a lightweight car, 50 horsepower isn’t much Happily, things have since the Seventies and not just people stopped wearing bottoms. Forty years the engine is in front, not back, and a good one. Unlike small displacement motors, the from VW’s 2.0 turbo isn’t peaky, and there’s torque to roll away from a stop. The motor is at 210 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm, and 207 lb. ft. of @ 1,700 rpm. VW says the GSR get to 60 mph from a standstill in 6.6 seconds, an electronically governed top speed of 130 The GSR is equipped with a six-speed transmission. While this be my preferred setup, the six-speed on my test car is a solid option. The clutch design of the transmission for quick response to paddle when you want to shift it The powertrain also returns fuel economy, with EPA of 24 city/30 highway. My test a trip to Boston. Rolling the Mass Pike, keeping up traffic, I averaged 31 mpg’s. in some city traffic and a bag of Albany driving, my overall was 27 mpg’s. The combination of refined, power and good mileage this engine shine. No suspension revisions were to the GSR. However, the car corners and rides smoothly.

GSR is both a hot rod nod to past Beetle and a flashy flag, waved at men. This is a screaming reminder that it’s for guys to take another at the latest Beetle. The bud vase is

A regular contributor to the Times for more than 20 years, Dan is the award-winning author of six books, and of over 150 calendars. Read recent reviews on line at www.TimesUnion.com .

2014 Volkswagen The Beetle
2014 Volkswagen The Beetle
2014 Volkswagen The Beetle
2014 Volkswagen The Beetle
2014 Volkswagen The Beetle
2014 Volkswagen The Beetle

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