Volkswagen have turned up to the Auto China show in Beijing, displaying a concept Golf R producing 400 hp – Hence Golf R 400.
The standard Golf R produces 300 hp, so the motor in this concept car has a serious power hike. It uses a modified version of the 2 litre, four-cylinder unit found in the Golf R. Torque is up from 280 lbs ft to 330 lbs ft, delivered from 2,400 – 6,000 rpm.
A 0-62 mph time for the six-speed DSG model is delivered in 3.9 seconds – a whole second faster than the 300 hp model. It will reach a limited top speed of 174 mph. In order to achieve these figures, Volkswagen have fitted a more energetic turbocharger, capable of a higher charge pressure. A reinforced crankcase is fitted and variable valve control with dual camshaft adjustment increases economy and performance.
Weight is unchanged from the standard Golf R at 1,420 kg. However, there are some changes to the appearance of the car. Firstly, the body is wider by 20 mm either side with swollen wheel-arches, resembling those on the 1988 Golf Rallye G60. These arches wrap around 19″ alloys – a development of the standard wheels, now featuring air vanes into the design, which help to cool the reinforced braking system.
There is a redesigned front apron which caters for the increased cooling required. A carbon fibre splitter and aerodynamic ‘wing element’ force air towards the grille.
The rear bumper has also been redesigned, which now includes air vents – one either side. More notably, the four tailpipes of the new Golf R have been replaced by a set-up similar to that of the MK 5 Golf R32.
Inside, there are motorsport derived seats which are upholstered in cross-quilted alcantara panels. Stitching throughout the interior is a contrasting ‘Lemon Yellow’ – just like that of the trim strip on the front grille.
It must be noted that the Golf R 400 is a concept only and there are no production plans yet. We should plead Volkswagen though, this has the potential to have the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG’s trousers down…