Volkswagen’s newest Special Edition offerings are shaping up to be black, white, and turbo all over: the all-new Beetle will feature two special edition models to celebrate the car’s launch next year.
Both editions are based on the top-of-the-line Beetle Sport model, which features the 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder and DSG as featured in the MkVI VW GTI and Jetta GLI. It’s good for a sub-seven second 0-60 run in the similarly equipped GTI, so expect similarly brisk performance in the new Beetle.
The “Black” edition will be painted in VW’s “Deep Black” paint shade and will feature alloy wheels and mirrors in a contrasting shade of white. The “White” edition will be painted “Candy White," with mirrors and alloys painted black. Both models will come with turbo badges on the exterior, and will have the interior dashboard and door panels painted in the body color.
The models won’t get any go-fast items, but they will be available with the Beetle’s Panasonic sound system as tuned by instrument-maker Fender, so playing “Back in Black” or “White Horse” at high volume should be an aural delight.
The Beetle on which the Black Turbo is based was released at the New York Auto Show in April 2011 and is dramatically different from its 1960’s and 2000’s era cars. Compared to the previous model, the new car stands 5.98 in longer and 3.31 in wider, with increases in the front and rear track of 2.48 in and 1.93 in, respectively. VW claims this should drastically improve handling and give the Beetle more sporting character.
Now that the Jetta, the Beetle’s sibling, now comes standard with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, the Beetle now qualifies as a more “premium” offering: it takes the Jetta SE’s 2.5 liter five-cylinder as standard, which is upgradable to the 2.0 liter Clean Diesel engine from the Jetta TDI and the Black/White edition’s gas turbo four.
The Black Turbo edition is currently available for pre-order through VW and will be limited to a run of 600 units, with VW claiming rolls are filling quickly. VW also says that they will ship 600 editions of the White model to dealers around launch time (one per US dealer) to be used as a special edition "launch car." The cost of the Black or White Turbo Launch Edition Beetle is $24,950, including destination and reservation fees.