Volkswagen Beetle GSR is One Bad Bug

We here at BoldRide can be a nostalgic bunch, celebrating cars from decades gone by. For as much as we love the latest news and car tech, we cannot forget how we got here, to this current place of growth for automobile. Volkswagen apparently feels the same way, and is showing just how much it cares with the Beetle GSR; an homage to the original GSR of the 1970s. The original Volkswagen Beetle GSR was a performance-minded take on the Beetle. It may have started life as a love-bug, the GSR or Gelb Schwarzer Renner (“Yellow Black Racer”), was made to look mean with the eponymous color scheme. Volkswagen has now released a modern version of the mean-Beetle, with its own uniquely modern take on the GSR of old. The new bug has R-Line trim, and more potent propulsion, in the form of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. It sends 210 horsepower, which is a 10-hp jump from the previous version of that engine. That power bump will also be experienced for 2013 in the Jetta GLI and Beetle Turbo. Consider that the original Beetle GSR had a mere 50 horsepower, and that the modern version makes quadruple than that. We’ve come a long way, indeed. PHOTOS: See more of the Volkswagen Beetle GSR