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Volkswagen couldn’t miss the 2013 SEMA Show , so it’s heading to Las Vegas with a series of customized Jetta sedans.

One of these Jetta models is a tribute to the 1989 Helios Special Edition Jetta GLI . As a reminder, the Helios Edition was built on the MKII Jetta , and VW limited it to just 1,500 units. The very special thing about this car was its Helios Blue paint that, depending on the light, could look navy, black or purple.

The special edition in Las Vegas features the same blue and black paint scheme, but it adds an aggressive body kit from FMS Automotive. This kit includes custom side moldings, a new rear spoiler and side mirrors all painted to match the Helios blue and black paint theme.

Under the hood, the Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition carries the all-new 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-pot that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

The model will be on display from November 5th to 8th at Volkswagen’s booth in SEMA.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition.

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While we are all waiting for the 2014 Golf R to hit the market, the German tuner ALPHA-N Performance decided to offer a few tricks for the current model.

The base Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 270 horsepower. That’s a pretty hefty number for a four-banger, but that’s not the best it can can do.

ALPHA-N Performance updated the Golf R with a new EVOMS sports air filter system and a new, stainless-steel exhaust system that considerably improves the sound of the turbocharged engine. All these changes, combined with a new EVOX systems chip tuning box, jump the total output to 330 horsepower - an increase of 60 horsepower over the base version.

All this power is transferred to the asphalt through all four wheels via the standard DSG gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R by ALPHA-N Performance.

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The Volkswagen Beetle — especially the original one — is a very appreciated model among tuners and enthusiasts alike. It has an infinite tuning capacity, so you rarely ever see two like-tuned Beetles roaming the streets.

MR Car Design announced today a new tuning kit based on the newest-generation Volkswagen Beetle that improves both the look and the performance figures of the little "Bug." The kit includes software optimization, car body ennobling, an exhaust system, a set of wheels and a set of upgraded brakes.

MR Car Design spent the majority of its time under the Beetle’s hood where it updated the 2.0-liter, TDI engine with a new software that increased the total output up to 210 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque — a healthy bump from the standard 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The kit also includes a new exhaust system, a new G-Ride air suspension and coilovers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Beetle by MR Car Design.

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At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Beetle R concept as the preview to a sportier and more powerful version of the Beetle. Now, two years later, the VW finally started testing the Beetle R, and our spy photographers managed to catch a mule testing on German roads.

The new Beetle R will likely be powered by the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-banger found in the 2014 Golf R , putting its output at about 300 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a four-wheel-drive system for maximum launch traction. With this engine and drivetrain in tow, we estimate a 5.5-second run to 60 mph for the Beetle R

The mule caught testing today wears just the optional R-Line package, but we expect the production version to look a little more aggressive when it hits the market in late 2014.

The Beetle R will also inherit the 18-inch wheels and large disc brakes from the Golf R. There will also be a new exhaust system with dual chrome tailpipes.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle R.

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Volkswagen XL1

During a recent during a lecture at the University of Vienna, Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech revealed the first details on very cool Ducati-powered XL1 sports car . The new model will be called XL Sport, and it looks a lot more aggressive than a base XL1 .

The new XL Sport will drop the usual hybrid powertrain found in the XL1 and will adopt a 1.2-liter, V-twin engine from the Ducati 1199 Panigale . This new engine will deliver a total output of 190 horsepower — a considerable increase over the 85 horsepower delivered by the stock XL1.

Along with a more powerful engine, the XL Sport will be distinguished by a more aggressive exterior look. It will get a huge front lip spoiler, a ventilated hood, extended fenders, motorsport-inspired graphics and a sportier set of wheels.

Up to this point, we have no idea if the XL Sport will make it to production or not, but it sounds like an intriguing concept regardless.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen XL1.

*Image Note: The above image is of a base XL1, not the XL Sport

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Volkswagen’s Amarok pick-up doesn’t get nearly the same recognition as some of the more heralded models in the VW lineup. But the German automaker wants to change that and to its credit, it’s doing something about it.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Volkswagen is bringing a special edition Amarok, called the Dark Label Edition.

The model is based on the Amarok Trendline trim and comes with plenty of aesthetic upgrades to differentiate itself from the rest of the Amarok line. Contrary to its name, the Amarok Dark Line actually comes in a variety of colors, including every paint finish available on the Trendlie trim. In addition, Volkswagen decided to add tinted rear windows, blacked-out B-pillars, smoked tailights, a silver underbody guard, and a set of 18-inch Durban-style alloy wheels. Black accents on the rollover bar, door handles, mirrors, and rear bumper conclude the exterior re-styling of the notoriously boxy Amarok.

Moving to the interior, you’ll be treated to a steady diet of expensive and high-grade modifications, highlighted by Alcantara upholstery, velour floor mats, and heated front seats. And that’s on top of the new multi-function steering wheel, a newly-installed RCD 310 radio, and a Durabed bed liner coating.

While not overly impressive in the grand scheme of things, the Amarok Dark Line Edition does succeed - somewhat, at least - in giving the Amarok a sportier look and appearance.

Sometimes, small victories like this are worth all the effort.

The Amarok Dark Label Edition is set to go on sale later this year at a price of €36,271, which is just a shade over $48,000 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Amarok

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Volkswagen is preparing to expand its Golf lineup with the addition of a new Sportsvan version. The new model was previewed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be put into production as the Golf Plus in the middle of next year.

When compared to a base Golf VII , the new Sportsvan was built on a wheelbase increased by 48 mm (1.88 inches), plus it is also 126 mm (4.96 inches) taller and 8 mm (0.31 inches) wider. As a result, it features a more flexible and roomier interior. This larger interior gives the rear bench seat 180 mm (7.08 inches) of fore and aft adjustment, and over 1,500 liters (53 cubic feet) of cargo capacity.

Under the hood, the Sportvan is equipped with the same six engines offered by the standard Golf, with power ranging from 85 to 150 horsepower.

When the production version arrives on the market, it will come with XDS+, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, air conditioning, seven airbags, the new electronic parking brake, a 5-inch touchscreen, variable cargo floor and a cargo cover.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen Golf.

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The latest VW Beetle upgrades from ABT Sportsline add some real machismo to the styling, performance and handling of this lovable coupe and ragtop. Typically sold on a individual basis, the full ABT kit is also available to turn a stock Beetle into something much more sinister.

The beauty of these ABT upgrades, despite the Euro-market’s sometimes trashy appetite for car modifying products, is that they can generally be applied across any of the engines or trims from the 2011 to present Volkswagen Beetle coupe and cabriolet. This full-line strategy is smart for ABT , and with only a few pieces that are model-year or trim-specific, providing other options to fit a diesel engine or GSR . These guys know Beetles inside and out, so they are a good resource for personalizing your love bug.

Driving a fast Beetle might sound like a joke to serious GTI fans, but there is a special joy in this shape that’s still present after all these years. Additionally, a higher seating position amplifies all the senses, with the G-force feeling even more enjoyable and hilarious inside.

When you pass someone in a fast Beetle, they will be: confused, impressed, and then confused again. That is part of the fun, and ABT certainly gets it.

Click past the jump for all the details on ABT Sportsline’s upgrades to the 2011-present Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet.

Volkswagen Scirocco

Fans of Volkswagen here in the U.S. have reason to celebrate if there’s any truth to Volkswagen’s plans of finally bringing its resident hot hatch, the Scirocco to U.S. shores.

The Scirocco is coming to America, you ask?

Well, according to Volkswagen of America’s Manager of Product and Technology Mark Gillies, the German automaker is "open to looking at future versions for this market".

Although its far from "Hell yeah! We’re bringing the Scirocco to America," Gilles’ words should draw some tingles from Americans because the Scirocco has been one of those cars that a lot of people have been longing to have.

Gilles did say that a big reason why Volkswagen has never considered bringing the Scirocco to the U.S. was because the hot hatch wasn’t "engineered for this market."

But if people have long clamored for a product, it’s always a good idea to acquiesce to the demands. Or at the very least, listen to all those calls.

So that’s what Volkswagen is apparently doing, dropping hints of finally bringing the Scirocco to the U.S. market. Gilles also said that any potentially U.S.-bound Scirocco won’t adopt the same design as the European model, a curious revelation that will definitely lead to some speculation on what it’s going to look like.

Walter da Silva, VW’s head of design, remarked that a sportier Scirocco could be offered in the U.S., although specific details on that possibility have yet to be disclosed.

We’re gonna stop short of throwing a party until there’s an official announcement from Volkswagen that the Scirocco is coming to America, but we have to admit, we’re getting pretty excited knowing that Volkswagen is now "considering it".

Click past the jump to read about the Volkswagen Scirocco

Source: Autoguide

Back in the 1970s, Volkswagen thought it was a good idea to release a special-edition model of the popular Beetle with the designation "GSR", which stands for "Gelb Schwarzener Renner".

Translated to English, GSR stands for "Yellow Black Racer.” As the name suggested, that Beetle was dressed in yellow and black though, more importantly, it was far sportier and more exclusive than most Beetles of its kind with only 3,500 units built.

Fast forward to today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show and Volkswagen thought it was a good idea to release the modern-day version of the Beetle GSR. And true to form, they’re calling it, well, the 2014 Beetle GSR.

Suffice to say, this is a pretty big deal, not only for those old enough to remember the original Beetle GSR, but also for the young bloods out there who can be reminded just how popular and sought after this special-edition model was back in the day.

There’s a lot to like about the new Beetle GSR and for our part, we can’t get enough of it.

UPDATE 07/17/13: Volkswagen has officially been given a sticker price. Click past the jump to see how much it’s going to cost you.

Find out more about the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR after the jump

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