Beijing 2014: Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept unveiled

Beijing 2014: Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept unveiled image

Text: VJ Bacungan / Photos: VW Press | posted April 21, 2014 17:02

Design is a tribute to the supercharged Golf Rallye G60 of the 1980s

Volkswagen has unleashed the Golf R 400 concept at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

The carmaker says, the '400' in its name stands for the 400 PS its 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder TSI engine produces, 100 PS more than the standard Golf R. The engine also makes 450 Nm of torque, 70 Nm more than the R.

VW R 400 engine

The company said the one-off engine is based on the company's World Rally Car engine and is mated to a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. The power is coursed through Volkswagen's 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system.

Weighing 1,420 kg, the Golf R 400 has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.55 PS per kilogram and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 280 km/h.

Other driver aids include the EDS electronic differential locks, the XDS+ system – which brakes the wheels at the inside of a bend during fast driving – and ESC electronic stability control.

It also has lowered sport suspension, similar to the Golf R, with 19-inch wheels all around that are specially designed to help cool the uprated brakes.

The Golf R 400 is painted in 'Silver Flake' with a black roof, carbon-fiber-effect splitters and genuine, carbon-fiber, side-mirror caps.

At the front, the prominent, carbon-effect front splitter, which the company said is “a modern interpretation of the legendary Rallye Golf G60,” contrasts with the 'Lemon Yellow' grille inserts.

Moving down the side, the Golf R 400 looks similar to the Golf R, except for the significantly flared wheel arches that accommodate the much wider, 235-series tires.

VW Golf R 400 rear

At the back, the rear bumper reflects the front bumper's carbon-effect trims and incorporates a carbon-effect diffuser with two exhaust pipes sticking out of the middle of the diffuser, like the original Golf R32. It is topped off with a large double spoiler.

VW Golf R 400 interior

Inside, the Golf R 400 is a strict four-seater, with black Nappa leather and Alcantara trim abound. Lemon Yellow stitching and carbon-fiber finishers complement the exterior's theme.