The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle doesn’t arrive in showrooms until September, so Volkswagen decided to release an opportunity to be one of the few who can own a Black Turbo “launch edition” Beetle. This limited edition (only 600 will be produced) comes painted black (with Turbo lettering on the doors) and is powered by VW’s turbocharged 200-hp, 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine that also powers the GTI. In addition to the turbocharged performance features, the four-cylinder engine offers an EPA fuel economy rating of 30 mpg on the highway when outfitted with the automatic transmission.


Standard features include Bluetooth® technology, iPod® connectivity, three-color ambient lighting, larger brakes with red calipers, a rear ducktail spoiler, and a sport suspension. The interior is set off by carbon-fiber-look dashboard trim, aluminum pedals, an anthracite headliner, and subtle red accent trim, a "kaeferfach" additional glovebox that is similar to that of the original Beetle, sport cloth seating surfaces, and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also includes an RCD 310 sound system with eight speakers.

If you are one of the lucky few who pre-orders the Beetle Black Turbo launch editions, it will cost you a $495 fully refundable reservation fee that will go towards the starting MSRP of $24,950.

Other than the obvious Turbo painted on the side, this looks great. It reminds me of the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition. But as we all know, I do love all vehicles that are considered black limited editions.