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Volkswagen to Debut Two Hot Hatchbacks & 2014 Beetle at Chicago Show


2013 Chicago Auto Show will see the new compact models that are waiting in Volkswagen’s starting gates.

Volkswagen brings its sixth-generation GTI to a close with two special edition hatchbacks that are set to debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. They are the 2013 GTI Wolfsburg Edition and the 2013 GTI Driver’s Edition. The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR and Convertible R-Line are next on the company’s list of debuts for the show, which is expected to be bigger and better

The Wolfsburg Edition is expected to go on sale by the end of the first quarter of 2013. It features 18-inch “Laguna” alloy wheels, a retro golf ball shifter knob and red-stitched floor mats. There are options with a six-speed manual transmission and six-speed DSG dual clutch automatic. But with a limited run of just 2000 vehicles you’d better hurry.

Meanwhile, the GTI Driver’s Edition, of which there will only be 3000, features partial leather seating surfaces and cool extras including a certificate of authenticity, a hat, keychain and parking sign. They are expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2013 and buyers can choose between the manual transmission and the DSG model.

The GTI models are expected to boast more power, lighter curb weight and new safety technology.

In keeping with the Volkswagen limited edition theme, even more surprising is the automaker’s trendy retro take on the original Beetle. The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR is a tribute to the company’s cute signature car that so many fell in love with. I’m shocked to admit that I actually like it.

Sure, there’s the original yellow body but while the original had an all-black hood, this one features funky black and yellow racing stripes, HID headlights, led daytime running lights and clean, modern curves accentuated by 19-inch “Tornado” alloy rims.  The roof, trunk lid, side mirrors and most of the hood are blacked out and rocker panels have black and yellow striping with GSR graphics.

If that weren’t impressive enough, the GSR has a push-button start and heated front seats. The GSR sports black leathers seats, an R-Line dash pad, GSR shifter, leather handbrake and black floor mats with yellow embroidery.  A special-edition number badge shows the build number that’s displayed right on the steering wheel. How cool is that. Volkswagen says this new model goes from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds but we suspect the owners will want to drive it slow so that everyone can get a better look. Volkswagen is also expected to unveil the 2014 Convertible Beetle, which is geared towards the US market, at the Chicago Auto Show.

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