Following a preview released earlier this week, Volkswagen has unveiled today in Beijing the radical Golf R 400 concept.
The concept is based on the Golf VII R and carries over the four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine but has received a modified turbocharger that has a higher maximum charge pressure along with a reinforced crankcase. Thanks to these changes, output was increased by 100 PS (73 kW) and 70 Nm (51 lb-ft) to no less than 400 PS (294 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft).
All that power is sent to the 4MOTION four-wheel drive system through a 6-speed DSG gearbox that enables a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in only 3.9 seconds, making it a full second quicker than the Golf R. Top speed has also increased from 155 mph (250 km/h) to 174 mph (280 km/h), with both of them being electronically-limited.
Tipping the scales at 1,420 kg (3,130 lbs), it weighs the same as the regular R but the body is 20mm wider on both sides as a result of the new flared wheel arches paying tribute to the 1998 Rallye Golf G60. Inside those wheel arches are 19-inch alloys shod in 235/35 R19 tires while on the front there's a carbon fiber splitter. Moving at the back there are dual 110mm centrally-positioned exhaust pipes inspired by those fitted onto the 2002 Golf R32.
For the interior Volkswagen has prepared motorsport shell seats featuring built-in head restraints and belt openings while the four individual seat have been wrapped around in cross-quilted Alcantara & carbon leather with Lemon Yellow contrasting stitching.
Volkswagen says the Golf R 400 is only a concept at this point and for the moment there aren’t any plans for production series.