VW will build the Golf R 400 Concept only if it finds a proper gearbox to handle torque loads

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 22, 2014

Back in April, at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Golf R 400 Concept a.k.a. the most powerful Golf R ever created by the German company. Due to the positive feedback that the concept had at the Beijing Motor Show, Volkswagen is seriously considering a production version of this concept car but there is a catch!

According to Autocar, the German carmaker will only build the Golf R 400 Concept only if cost implications to the engineering changes can be overcome. The VW Golf R 400 Concept uses the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine (Type EA888) found on the standard Golf R, but boosted from 300 to 400 hp and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque available from 2,400 to 6,000 rpm.

Apparently, the main problem that Volkswagen has is that it needs to find a gearbox that handles the high torque delivered by the engine. Volkswagen wants to use an automatic transmission but the current six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox can handle torque loads of up to 380 Nm (280 lb-ft).

Last week, Volkswagen announced that it is developing a 10-speed DSG transmission for its more powerful models that is rated for torque loads of up to 500 Nm (369 lb-ft).

This new gearbox is expected to be the best solution for a production version of the Golf R 400 Concept, but the cost of this new transmission could be a problem. For those who don’t know, the Golf R 400 Concept features a six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission as well as a permanent all-wheel drive system and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is limited at 174 mph or 280 km/h.

If built, the new Golf R 400 will take on cars such as the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, the BMW M235i Coupe and the next-generation Audi RS3.

If you can’t wait until Volkswagen takes a decision, you can choose the Golf VII R upgraded by Oettinger. The German tuning company boosted the power of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to 400 hp and 500 Nm of torque (369 lb-ft), As a result, the hot hatch accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4.0 seconds, while top speed is 280 km/h or 174 mph. [source: Autocar]

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