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VW Launches Vehicle Pre-Order Program With Turbo Beetle

Posted in Car Buying, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | June 14th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

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If you liked the lines of VW’s latest Beetle and want to be the first on you block with a Beetle Turbo, here’s some good news for you: VW has announced a Black Turbo Launch Edition variant of the new Beetle Turbo, and a $495 deposit is all it takes to reserve one of your very own. VW is only building 600 copies, and all will come well-equipped with a 200 horsepower, turbocharged 2.0 liter engine and DSG dual-clutch transmission, 18 inch alloy wheels, larger brakes with painted calipers, a rear spoiler and foglamps. Inside, the special edition comes with Bluetooth connectivity, iPod integration, three-color ambient lighting, sport cloth seats, an eight speaker sound system and alloy pedals.

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Since the new Beetle is based on the Golf GTI, expect many aftermarket parts to fit both cars. VW Vortex has already found out that coilovers for the GTI will fit the new Beetle, and will brake kit upgrades and intakes. Since the TSI motor is identical between the two cars, expect aftermarket tuning software to work its magic on the new Beetle, just as it does on the GTI. One thing that isn’t common between the two cars is the exhaust, so Beetle owners will have to wait for the aftermarket to catch up here.

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The Black Turbo Launch Edition carries a very reasonable price of just $24,950, plus a $750 destination charge. If you want more details, or want to claim a Black Turbo of your very own, hit up VW’s pre-order website.

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  1. J D Stadler says:

    See…I want THOSE rims on a GTI instead of the Detroits it comes with. Good to know parts are so swappable…

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Go big or go home, I say. I’m lusting after a set of OZ Alleggerita HLT’s (in Anthracite Gray, please) for the GTI. In 18″, they’re just 17.4 pounds per wheel, but shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sports, that’s just over $600 per corner. Ouch.