The Golf R 400 Concept with 395 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque was one of the coolest concepts at the Beijing Motor Show. The best news about the R 400 is that it might actually see production.
According to Car and Driver, Volkswagen head of research and development Heinz-Jakob Neusser confirmed that there will be a production version.
The R 400 is the long-awaited successor to Golf creations like the 2007 GTI W12 and the Design Vision GTI. Based on the standard Golf R hatchback and developed by Volkswagen R GmbH, the arm responsible for high-power and customization projects, the Golf R 400 uses a modified version of the engine found in the Golf R: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The extra power of the 400 helps propel this six-speed DSG-equipped model from rest to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds, a whole second faster than its 300 PS sibling.
To achieve the increase in power, the Golf R 400 features a newly developed turbocharger which improves economy and performance. At 1,420 kg, the Golf R 400 weighs the same as the standard Golf R, but its appearance has been substantially altered. The body is 20 mm wider on each side, with flared wheel arches filling the arches are 19-inch alloy wheels. The wheels are a development of the Golf R’s standard ‘Cadiz’ wheels and are highly modified, that act as air vanes, helping to cool the reinforced braking system.
At the front, the bumper has been completely redesigned. A carbon fiber splitter and aerodynamic ‘wing element’ help to push air towards the honeycomb mesh of the grille.
Inside are motorsport shell seats with integrated head restraints and belt openings. These are upholstered in cross-quilted panels covered in Alcantara, and ‘carbon leather’, as are the two individual rear seats. Stitching throughout the interior is in contrasting ‘Lemon Yellow’.