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Volkswagen Makes Mid-Year Changes to Beetle, GLI

5/7/2013
Volkswagen has announced mid-year changes to its 2013 Beetle Turbo and 2013 GLI models. In addition to a new, more powerful and more fuel-efficient engine, both models receive minor mid-cycle upgrades in the form of restyled front and rear bumpers on the Beetle and standard LED taillights on the GLI.

Each car is equipped with a new, next-generation version of the turbocharged, direct-injection, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine currently installed in these models. More powerful, more fuel-efficient, and lighter in weight, the new engine makes 10 extra horsepower, generating 210 ponies at 5,300 rpm, compared to 200 horsepower at 5,100 rpm for the previous version of this engine. Torque remains unchanged, peaking at 207 lb.-ft. across a broad plateau between 1,700 rpm and 5,000 rpm.

With the new engine, acceleration to 60 mph takes 6.6 seconds for the Beetle Turbo and 6.7 seconds for the GLI, according to VW. The automaker also claims improvements in fuel economy, between 4% and 9% depending on transmission choice and driving cycle.

At the same time these models arrive in showrooms, the new 2013 Beetle R-Line goes on sale, replacing the current Beetle Turbo equipped with the Sunroof, Sound and Navigation package. The R-Line is equipped with more aggressive styling, 19-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, "chrome vanadium" dashboard panel, stainless steel kickplates, and unique badges.

The new 2013 Beetle Turbo R-Line is priced from $30,135 with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox.

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