When Volkswagen reintroduced its iconic Bug last year, the automaker spent a lot of bandwidth explaining how the latest edition wouldn’t just draw its design inspiration from the original, but also its performance pedigree. Which brings us to the 2014 VW Beetle GSR and 2014 VW Beetle Convertible R-Line that premiered at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
The former reimagines what was at one time the most athletic Beetle on the road, the early 1970s GSR. Known as the Yellow Black Racer—in German, Gelb Schwarzer Renner—the car wore a livery of the same shades and was limited to 3,500 units—traits that will be shared by the 2014 VW Beetle GSR. The R-Line drop-top broadens the very successful R-Line portfolio by bringing an array of aggressive appearance upgrades to a car that was just named “Best Convertible” by MotorWeek’s 2013 Drivers’ Choice Awards.
The 2014 VW Beetle GSR and 2014 VW Beetle Convertible R-Line also showed off a more aggressively tuned version of Volkswagen’s turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI I4 engine. Now delivering 210 hp—a healthy bump of 10 horses—the unit also will be introduced in the 2013 VW Jetta GLI and 2013 VW Beetle Turbo.
Per the automaker, the Beetle GSR will arrive in dealerships this fall, with the R-Line convertible scheduled to go on sale “later this year.”