Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept Bows Down In Beijing

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Volkswagen has revealed the Golf R 400 concept at the Beijing Motor Show.

R 400 turbocharged engine

As mentioned previously, the Volkswagen Golf R 400 is equipped with a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The modified turbocharger has a higher maximum boost pressure along with a reinforced crankcase. These changes result in an increased output of 73 kW and 70 Nm, totalling the output to 294 kW and 450 Nm.

The car further uses an all-wheel drive 4MOTION system coupled with an automatic 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG), which can also be shifted manually as an alternative via the gear shift lever or steering wheel paddles. This setup enables the concept to travel from 0-100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds, which is much quicker than the Golf R. Top speed has also increased from 250 km/h to 280 km/h.

Customised design features

The Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept features a wide range of design changes including a wider body (increased by 20mm on both sides) to accommodate the new flared wheel arches which feature 19-inch alloy wheels shod in 235/35 R19 tyres while on the front there's a carbon fibre splitter.

The rear is distinguished by a carbon fibre wing spoiler, a deeper bumper infused with carbon fibre elements, and a carbon fibre diffuser housing two large round tail pipes. The car additionally comes with racy yellow accents and an LED brake light bar in the rear spoiler.

Inside, Volkswagen has fitted 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. The centre console accents, cockpit surround and trim around the air nozzles are designed in glossy black piano finish, while carbon leather is used in the "R" design of the three-spoke sport leather steering wheel.

Apparently Volkswagen's head of research and development has confirmed plans to build a production version of the Golf R 400 concept on a limited basis as a flagship for the company's performance car division. We will keep you updated on any developments regarding this story.

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