Volkswagen will have an awesome concept on display at the Beijing Motor Show 2014 tomorrow. Surpassing the Volkswagen Golf R we saw last year, the Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept demonstrates the potential for the versatile Golf platform. To be frank, it is a Volkswagen Golf on acid!
Based on the standard Golf R hatchback, the R 400 Concept shares the same 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine and 4MOTION four-wheel drive system. The Golf R 400 Concept is pumped up considerably with an extra 100 hp and 70 Nm of torque. Full figures are 400 hp together with 450 Nm of torque available from 2,400 to 6,000 rpm.
The concept was developed by Volkswagen R GmbH, the arm responsible for high-power and customisation projects. The extra power of the Golf R 400 helps propel the car, with its six-speed DSG gearbox, from rest to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Thats a whole second faster than the Volkswagen Golf R. Top speed is an electronically governed 174 mph.
To achieve the increase in power, the Golf R 400 features a new turbocharger with a higher maximum charge pressure and reinforced crankcase. Variable valve control with dual camshaft adjustment helps to improve economy and performance.
At 1,420 kg, the Golf R 400 weighs the same as the standard Golf R. The bodykit is more outlandish though. With 20 mm added to each side, the flared wheel arches make its potential obvious. The bodywork is painted in a unique ‘Silver Flake’ metallic, and contrasted with a gloss black roof and carbon door mirror caps.
At the front, the bumper is completely new with extra cooling capacity to cool the revised engine. It gets a carbon fibre splitter together with an ‘R’ badge fitted to the gloss black radiator grille. The style goes well with the ‘Lemon Yellow’ elements. At the rear, two centrally mounted exhaust pipes hark back to the 2002 Golf R32 and a black double spoiler with LED brake lights atop the tailgate finishes the look.
Inside are motorsport shell seats with integrated head restraints and belt openings. These are upholstered in cross-quilted panels covered in Alcantara, and ‘carbon leather’, as are the two individual rear seats. Stitching throughout the interior is in contrasting ‘Lemon Yellow’.
There are no plans to see the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept into production. We will be bringing you a full set of live pictures later today and tomorrow! For more news from the Beijing Motor Show 2014, take a look at our dedicated news channel!