A new report indicates the Golf R 400 will go into production only if Volkswagen can find a suitable gearbox that can handle the concept's 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.

A new report indicates the Golf R 400 will go into production only if Volkswagen can find a suitable gearbox that can handle the concept's 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.

The Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept was unveiled in April at the Beijing Motor Show and immediately rumors emerged about a potential production model. There was even a report suggesting the car would have even more power than the concept which comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo outputting 400 PS (294 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft).

It is believed the model will see the light of production day only if Volkswagen's engineers will be able to install a gearbox that would be suitable to handle all that torque. The most plausible solution is the upcoming 10-speed DSG since it can handle up to 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). Power will be channeled to a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and performance should be on par with the concept's 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 3.9 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).

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