Displaying the potential of their Golf R hatch, Volkswagen has unveiled the masculine Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. The number ‘400’ which the name ends with is actually the power output of car and yes, that is mind boggling. But not just performance, the Golf R 400 is also about style and comes with a pumped up body, new bumpers and seriously flared wheelarches.
The Golf R 400 is based on the standard Golf R which, with its turbocharged engine, puts out 300 PS. The Golf R 400 is developed by Volkswagen R GmbH and is powered by a modified version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that powers the standard Golf R. The tweaked unit develops a massive 400 hp and 450 Nm of peak torque between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm. Compared to the output of the Golf R, the concept gains 100 PS and 70 Nm.
Paired to the powerful engine is the 6-speed DSG automatic transmission which helps the car accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 174 mph.
While it weighs exactly the same as the standard Golf R, the Golf R 400 is 40 mm wider thanks to the flared wheelarches that look macho in that Silver Flake metallic paint. Under those wheelarches is a set of 19-inch alloy wheels featuring high-gloss back inserts and shod with 235/35 R19 tires. The front gets a redesigned bumper with an aerodynamic wing element and a carbon splitter, gloss black radiator grille with honeycomb mesh and ‘R’ badge. The background of the grille is in Lemon Yellow and so is the horizontal strip that runs across the grille. At the rear is a redesigned bumper with vents on each side, twin centrally mounted exhaust pipes, tailgate mounted LED brake lights and a black double spoiler.
The inside features motorsport shell seats with integrated belt openings and head restraints, Alcantara and Carbon leather upholstery, two individual seats at the rear and contrast stitching in Lemon Yellow.