2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo launch edition
In addition to the upcoming debut of the 2012 Beetle, Volkswagen has announced that the redesigned coupe will also roll-out with two limited-edition models, both of which promise to pack a punch.
The 2012 Beetle is already expected to appear in three different forms: "base", "design" (mid-level), and "sport" (high-end). The two limited-editions are riffs on the "sport" model, the only major differences being cosmetic: one comes in black, the other in white. In all regions, black models will come in "Deep Black"; white models will appear in the U.S. in "Candy White", while in Europe, the shade will be "Pure White". (Your guess about that distinction is as good as ours. Or better.)
All White Turbo and Black Turbo models come with the "sport" model's 2.0-liter TSI engine and dual-clutch transmission -- perfect for the parent who's feeling generous this graduation season but who doesn't want to teach junior to drive a stick. Both come with the word "Turbo" painted above the sills, and on the inside, the dashboard, steering wheel badge, and door panels are tinted to match the exterior.
The Black Turbo model is already available for pre-order on the Volkswagen website for a fully refundable downpayment of $495 against the $24,950 MSRP. According to the site, only 600 will be available. So far there's no sign of the White Turbo model, but we'd guess that production figures and prices will be about the same.
The 2012 Beetle is turning a lot of heads these days, and it's made at least one high-profile celebrity appearance. The special-edition Turbo models up the ante with a look that's almost as evocative of VW's sister, Porsche, than the Beetle we've known and loved for decades.
For a full run-down of the 2012 VW Beetle, including the Turbo models, check our sister site, Motor Authority -- and stay tuned as we travel to Germany for our first test drive of the 2012 Beetle this week.