So what kind of performance does the front wheel drive GSR offer? Let's just use the word paltry. 0-60 takes 6.3 seconds and the 1/4 mile takes 14.8 seconds with a trap speed of 94.9 miles per hour. In the opinion of VWBoost, that is not all that special and not all that different from a standard Beetle Turbo. This a 6-Speed manual so the DSG dual clutch version will likely be slightly quicker but that still won't turn this into much of a performance car.
Volkswagen, this Beetle is a waste of everyone's time. Do the US VW enthusiast a favor, take a look at the Super Beetle built by APR, and give us that instead. You can keep this one. Nobody will miss it.
|2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$30,850|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||front-engine, FWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||2.0L/210-hp/207-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3137 lb (61/39%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||168.4 x 71.2 x 58.5 in|
|0-60 MPH||6.3 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||14.8 sec @ 94.9 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||123 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.87 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.6 sec @ 0.63 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON||23/31|
|ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY||147/109 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS||0.75 lb/mile|