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Petrolicious Beetle

No matter what your feelings toward the Petrolicious has finally gotten around to paying homage to the ubiquitous rear-engine German machine in its latest video, Kindred Spirits. The clip puts a close eye on Stephan Ruiz’s über-clean 1967 Beetle. Tastefully modified and mechanically sorted, the Bug is exactly what we think of when we think “Beetle.”

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Convertibles make you do funny things. Ask someone if they’d drive a hardtop in near freezing temperatures with all the windows down and they might not even answer, thinking the question so ridiculous. Give that same person a convertible they love and you might just have to ask them to please put the top up even when snow is on the ground.

That guy has to take precautions to enjoy his proclivities, and as this new ad for the Comments


2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible R-Line live at Chicago Auto Show premiere

Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but we’re already seeing the next step forward in the topless Bug range with this, the R-Line. We’ll admit, this treatment falls under the “all show and no go” category, but it’s still a pretty potent little cutie.

The R-Line starts with a standard Beetle Turbo Convertible but adds unique 19-inch aluminum wheels on lower-profile tires, LED daytime running lamps and Xenon headlamps. Naturally, there are R-Line badges aplenty both on the interior and exterior, and we must say, the whole package looks pretty darn snazzy.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but when it goes on sale later this year, the hotter convertible will join Volkswagen’s growing R-Line portfolio that now includes the Comments


2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

Way back in 1973, Beetle GSR, “Gelb Schwarzer Renner” or “Yellow Black Racer.” Hence, the somewhat shocking paint scheme.

VW is bringing its sporty black and yellow Beetle back for 2014, and you can see live photos of it above. It’s got a 210-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood (that’d be the hood up front, unlike the car’s forebear), and a six-speed manual or DSG automatic transmission sends those ponies to the front wheels. Note that this car’s output is up 10 horses on other turbo VWs, and the Jetta GLI and Beetle Turbo for 2013. The 0-60 run takes 6.6 seconds, and top speed is limited to 130 miles per hour.

Besides the in-your-face black and yellow paint, the GSR is outfitted with a large rear spoiler and 19-inch wheels shod with 235/40 tires. The bee-like hue carries over inside, with yellow stitching on black leather. Only 3,500 will be produced, each with its own unique plaque. Pricing has not yet been announced, but you’re free to read through the press release Comments


GTI packages that you’ll be able to buy almost right away.

The first, and splashiest of the Chicago goodies on the VW stand has got to be the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR. Don’t lose your temper, Acura Integra geeks; in this case, GSR stands for “Gelb Schwarzer Renner” or “Yellow Black Racer,” and harkens back to a sport-tuned classic Beetle from the 1970s. For the 2014 iteration, the GSR gets a 210-horsepower version of VW’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. That engine is enough to push the Beetle to 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds, and up to a top speed of 130 mph.

Of course, you’ll have long-since noticed the shockingly yellow-and-black livery before you stumble across the Turbo badge on the rear deck. The GSR gets 19-inch alloy wheels, 235-section tires and a tea-tray rear spoiler, but it’s the paint and graphics package that will decide if this is your (lemony) cup of tea. Things don’t get any subtler inside the car, either, as VW has carried the colorway through to the interior, as well. Only 3,500 Beetle GSRs will be produced, with just more than half of those going to the US – call your dealer today, Wiz Khalifa.

Slightly less racy than the GSR is another Beetle for Chicago; this time a Volkswagen Beetle Convertible with the R-Line package. Almost identical to the standard Beetle Convertible Turbo from a functional standpoint, the 2014 R-Line car gets some unique 19-inch aluminum wheels with lower profile tires, LED DRLs to augment Bi-Xenon headlamps and trim-specific badging. You’ll also find R-Line branding sprinkled through the cabin of the car, and a model which is fully kitted out with technology options.

Finally, VW is offering a couple of limited edition GTI models to close out the 2013 model year (yes, we know it’s February). There’ll be just 3,000 examples of the Volkswagen GTI Driver’s Edition produced, all of them offering new 18-inch wheels, a golf ball shifter knob for the six-speed manual and the sunroof and navigation packages from the normal GTI spec sheet. A Wolfsburg Edition car will make a similar offering, but without the navi and sunroof. The Wolfsburg GTI will start from $25,095 in 6MT trim, while the rarer Driver’s Edition will run $29,695 with the stick shift.

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Sometimes you meet folks who, when they tell you “Hey, I have an idea,” your reflex response is to stop what you’re doing and tell yourself, “Get ready….” We imagine Mike Niemans is one of those folks, and the idea in question is putting a tank engine on a Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle. Not just any old tank engine – as if there were such a thing when we’re talking about putting them in cars – but a 668-cubic-inch, 220-horsepower radial engine built by Continental in 1941 and procured from an M2 tank.

In the image above Nieman is using the tank clutch hub to get the motor set up, but in one of the images below you can see what really belongs back there is: a two-inch, reverse-pitch prop taken from a wind generator. He says there’s enough mojo with the propeller action to get the car rolling down the runway like a jet when he gives it gas – and speaking of gas, the engine’s been refitted to run on propane.

After a few safety tweaks Nieman’s going to take the matte-black Beetle to Bonneville, “put the prop on, let her go and see what happens!” We can’t wait to see the video of that. There are two shakedown videos Comments


Beetle R-Line. Now, comes word that the R-Line bug may be headed our way after all. This news comes from AskAVWSalesGuy.com. As you may have guessed, it is a blog written by a Volkswagen salesperson. According to the recent post, Volkswagen is now taking orders for the new Beetle R-Line, with delivery set for February or early March.

We’ve reached out to Volkswagen and it has been confirmed that the Beetle Convertible.

If you recall, the R-Line is the latest in what is becoming a growing family of Volkswagen Beetle variants. The package includes revised bodywork, 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights and LED license plate lights. Inside the R-Line receives leather seating surfaces and a navigation system. In Europe, the exterior package alone will cost 1,290 euros (about $1,665) and both the exterior and interior combined will set you back 1,675 euros ($2,162). European customers can select this package with either the 1.4 TSI Beetle or the Comments



The LA-based crew at West Coast Customs and the tie-wearing computer techs at Best Buy’s Geek Squad might not have much in common, but the two companies will now be forever linked thanks to a tricked-out version of the Geekmobile. In most cities across the US, the Geek Squad vehicle of choice is the Beetle showing what the cars could look like in a newer, hipper design. The car was unveiled by WCC project manager, Scott Voinovich, and Geek Squad City Mayor, Wes Snyder.

Starting with a base 2.5-liter Beetle, this custom Beetle sports a similar black-and-white paint job like the standard Geekmobile, but it adds in a little WCC flair with plenty of graffiti-style graphics incorporated into the main colors. The car also has the expected “Geek Squad” logo on it, but it is the orange racing stripe and oversized wheels that easily distinguish it from the typical version of the car. West Coast Customs also replaced all exterior Volkswagen logos with its own logo. Inside, the graphics and orange paint carried over, and other finishing touches including cross-stitched seats, embroidered headrests and a massive subwoofer in the cargo area.

The car and its build will be featured on an episode of Inside West Coast Customs that will air on the Velocity channel next month, but don’t expect to see this car pull up into your driveway next time you have a computer problem – it will be on display at the Geek Squad City in Louisville, KY alongside a 2001 turbocharged Geekmobile.



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