Volkswagen has disclosed plans to show a radical Golf R 400 concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show which will kick off this Sunday.

Volkswagen has disclosed plans to show a radical Golf R 400 concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show which will kick off this Sunday.

The R's days as the flagship model in the Golf range could be numbered as Volkswagen has prepared an appealing Golf R-based concept which will provide no less than 400 PS (294 kW) and 450 Nm (383 lb-ft) from a yet unknown engine. This makes it a full 100 PS (73 kW) and 70 Nm (51 lb-ft) more powerful than the Golf VII R which makes use of a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

While the Golf R needs 4.9 to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) when equipped with the optional six-speed DSG, the Golf R 400 concept will do it in just 3.9 seconds and will allegedly be capable of reaching a maximum speed of 175 mph (282 km/h) compared to the Golf R's electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed.

Aside from receiving a much more powerful engine, the Golf R 400 concept will also be wearing a matching body kit with beefier wheel arches, muscular bumpers and larger alloys. Based on previous reports, the concept could also feature a lighter roof made from carbon fiber along with a stripped-out cabin and carbon fiber body panels to lower the vehicle's weight to around 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs), down by 76 kg (167 lbs) compared to the manual-fitted Golf VII R and by 95 kg (209 lbs) compared to the DSG-equipped variant.

We will have full details this weekend once the Golf R 400 concept will be introduced in Beijing.

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