The 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI® engine in the 2013 Beetle Turbo, Beetle Turbo Convertible, and Jetta GLI is now rated at 210 horsepower
• New EA888 Gen 3 engine, produced in Silao, Mexico, makes U.S. debut
• Engine offers 10 hp increase over Gen 2 powerplant
• Beetle R-Line® coupe priced from $30,135 with 6-speed manual transmission
BY GERRY MILES
If you can never have too much fun, sunshine nor money, it’s a fair guess that horsepower is on a similar list for the auto aficianado.
VW fans will rejoice at the news that the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbo and direct-injected TSI engines will have 10 more ponies than before, raising the output to 210 hp, to power the Beetle Turbo, Beetle Turbo Convertible and Jetta GLI as part of the changes on the fly for the 2013 model year.
The newer version of the award-winning EA888 2.0-liter engine is produced in a new factory in Silao, Mexico. Peak power is generated 200 revs higher in the engine range, at 5300 rpm, and torque remains unchanged at 207 pound-feet.
VW notes that the Beetle Turbo will be 2-10ths of a second faster shuttling from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. The Jetta GLI picks up one-tenth of a second to scoot up to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds with a manual transmission. That time is two-tenths quicker with the DESK dual-clutch automatic with the previous Gen 2 motor, VW says.
Other engine improvements include:
a thinwall crankcase casting
exhaust headers that are integrated into the cylinder head
smaller diameter main bearings
roller bearings for the twin balancer shafts
a crankshaft that has 4 counterweights instead of 8.
The Beetle Turbo and Beetle Turbo Convertible both receive new R-Line bumpers that feature grained black surfaces and chrome-framed turn signals at the front and a diffuser at the rear. The Jetta GLI is also upgraded with LED taillights on all three trims.
The Beetle Turbo R-Line model replaces the Beetle Turbo with Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation. Externally, the R-Line model is differentiated by the more aggressive front and rear bumpers, 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels, R-Line badging, and Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs.
Inside, the R-Line model features custom stainless-steel kickplates, a steering wheel badge, and a unique “chrome vanadium” dashboard panel.
Base price for the Beetle Turbo R-Line will be $30,135 when equipped with the 6-speed manual.