Volkswagen Concept R

From Volkswagen press: Concept R - design and technology working in partnership

Combining sharp design, outstanding functionality and innovative technology, the Concept R points to the future of the Volkswagen brand, and hints at a possible involvement in the world of genuine sports cars.

There are many interesting design features of the concept R - but one of the most striking is the way the designers have 'breathed' life into the car. When the driver turns on the ignition, the Volkswagen logo, which is generated digitally by a display, begins to pulsate in the so-called OLED screen.

Another highly unusual feature is that the Concept R's bucket seats do not adjust in any way. Instead, to find the correct position, the driver moves the electrically activated polished metal information block of the instrument panel, including the steering wheel and pedal cluster back or forth. And for the first time in a sports car, leather-covered active foam is used which adapts to the body shape of the driver and passenger; meanwhile the hardness of the springs in the seats can be adjusted according to whether a harder or softer ride is desired.

Power for the roadster comes from a 265 PS V6 mid-engine, which takes the car from 0 to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds, and on to a limited top speed of 155 mph. Without the governor, top speed would be 167 mph. Peak torque of 258 lbs ft at 2800 rpm is transferred to the road via a six speed direct selection gearbox and rear wheel drive.

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