The 2.0-liter 2013 Beetle Turbo and Jetta GLI is now rated at 210 horsepower. Yay! The turbocharged TSI® engine in both, which includes the Beetle Turbo Convertible, get 10 additional horsepower or an increase of about five percent. Torque will remain at 207 lbs-feet.
This new, 3rd generation engine (EA888) will be produced in Silao, Mexico.
According to Volkswagen, “The new engine makes 210 horsepower, an increase of 10 hp over the previous Gen 2 TSI engine. Peak power is generated 200 revs higher in the engine range, at 5300 rpm, and torque remains unchanged at 207 pound-feet. Thus equipped, the Beetle Turbo coupe takes 6.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, 0.2 seconds less than the previous version: At 6.7 seconds, the Jetta GLI is a tenth faster with the manual transmission and two tenths quicker with the DSG® dual-clutch automatic than the cars equipped with the Gen 2 engine.”
The 2.0-liter engine was already winning awards and was one of my favorites. Having ten additional horsepower will help things spool up faster and, as you just read, it will make for faster acceleration. I hope the unique sound of the four-banger stays the same, or is a tad deeper as it sounded glorious.
Volkswagen estimates a nine-percent increase with the new 2.0-liter turbo’s efficiency city mpg ratings. They also estimate a four to eight percent increase in mpg with combined ratings. More power and better efficiency? I like the sound of that.
The Volkswagen Beetle Turbo and Beetle Turbo Convertible get tricked out, R-Line front and rear diffusers. The Volkswagen Jetta GLI gets LED taillights. The Beetle R-Line gets new 19-inch aluminum wheels, interior and exterior upgrades and a more expensive overall feel.
The Volkswagen Beetle R-Line will have a base price of $30,135 when equipped with the six-speed manual.
“Inside, the R-Line model features custom stainless-steel kickplates, a steering wheel badge, and a unique “chrome vanadium” dashboard panel. The base price for the Beetle Turbo R-Line will be $30,135 when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.” – – Volkswagen AG Media
I will keep an eye on this tidbit. Roman and I agree that the old 2.0-liter engine is one of the best ones out, so it stands to reason that this new one is even better. Boy, I hope so.
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I can’t wait to test this new engine!