Hot new Golf to make its world debut in China, with more power and a 0-62mph time over a second faster than the Golf R

These are the first pictures of the extreme new Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept car, which will make its world debut at the Beijing motor show later this week.

Volkswagen has confirmed the model is an extreme version of the Golf R hatchback. Its main upgrade is a significant power boost, taking power up to 395bhp. 

The four-wheel drive Golf R 400 can reach 62mph in just 3.9 seconds, over a second faster than the standard Golf R, and has a top speed of 174mph. 

The car is expected to use the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Golf R, though with significant tuning and the addition of an electro-mechanical Haldex multi-plate clutch. VW says the Golf R 400 will come with a DSG transmission.

As well as its performance enhancements, VW has also added new body and bumper elements as well as flared wheelarches – a nod to the 1988 Rallye Golf G60, says the firm – new alloy wheels and an upgraded interior which features motorsport-grade seats and head restraints.

The R 400 is painted with special silver metallic paint with contrasting yellow stripes, which are echoed in the interior stitching. The R 400 is the most potent version of the Mk7 Golf since the V6-powered Vision GTI concept.

VW insiders have previously told Autocar the new model could weigh as little as 1400kg, thanks to the use of carbonfibre body panels and its stripped-out interior.

Volkswagen says the Golf R 400 is purely a concept car at this stage, with no plans to put it into production.

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17 April 2014
How much?,bet it's closer to £40K than £30K,come on! it's a VW!

Peter Cavellini.

17 April 2014
Is this the powerplant destined for the next iteration of the RS3?

17 April 2014
Interesting that the "nod" to the Rallye Golf G60 is just the flared fenders. Even VW admits that this was an ugly vehicle. I remember a certain magazine that some of the current editors and staff at Autocar worked for described the Rallye as ugly as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and someone with said breed wrote to complain saying that the dog was better looking!

17 April 2014
practically 200 horses per liter? I've got serious doubts on the reliability of such an engine. How many services a year, and at what cost? Besides, I'd be curious to know the consumption of a unit with such specific power. VW is not going to convince me that it would be lower than the one of a larger capacity unit and maybe a couple of cylinders more. Witness the respective consumptions of BMW's blown four and the naturally aspirated six: I've read some Germans proved it's higher in the four.

TS7

17 April 2014
... a 400bhp Touran? - NOW your talkin'.

20 April 2014
why do concept cars always get drawn as things that people wouldn't fit into? in my early twenties i once travelled in the rear of an mgb gt with a (friendly) alsatian. it was only 2 1/2 miles each way but it confirmed that i never again wish to travel in a vehicle where i literally could not move my head at all.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

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