Report: VW Golf R 420 approved for production, will debut at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 12, 2014

VW’s Golf R 400 Concept was unveiled earlier this year at the 2014 Auto China and since then the vehicle was rumored to be approved for production, while other sources said that it will not make it. Now, Car Magazine says that the vehicle will finally see a production version, citing company insiders. Moreover, we will see the new vehicle next September, at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

What’s more interesting is that the vehicle will actually be more powerful than the concept version, which carried a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developing 400 hp and 450 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 6,000 rpm.

According to Car Magazine, the new Golf R 420 will actually get the same engine found on the TT Quattro Sport Concept unveiled earlier this year at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The 2.0-liter TFSI engine found on the concept developed 420 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

As a result, the TT Quattro Sport Concept was able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds. Dubbed the Golf R 420, the super Golf will arrive with the classy look of the GTI and R, but it will feature an improved aerodynamic body kit as well as more powerful brakes.

Even more interesting is that the upcoming vehicle will not be a limited edition car. Sources said that the car will cost less than 50,000 euros.

VW Golf R 400 Concept

For the Golf R 400, Volkswagen Design implemented a number of changes to the design. An example is putting a new wing to the front and by making it more flared, this resulted in a more contemporary interpretation of the 1998 Rallye Golf G60. Flared as well are the rear side panels that are above the wheel housings. Since the Golf R 400 is fitted with 19-inch wheels, the width of the body was increased by 20 mm on both sides.

This is to accommodate not just the size of the wheel but the way they have been placed further outboard. Another design change is the wheel arches which are now in the same color as the body making it uniform with the side panels and new wings. Just below the sides, there is a wrap-around splitter that is composed of visual carbon, which is a flat aerodynamic component stemming from motorsport.

Once the splitters reach the rear section, it shifts to a diffuser and bulges a bit outward from its body similar to how the wing element in the front section protrudes. The rear end has two central exhaust units integrated to it, not unlike the Golf R which has a total of four, having two tailpipes each on the left and right. The reason is that the design of the Golf R 400 is the same as that of the Golf R32, which is the first model from the R-series released in 2002.

These two tailpipes have been polished and measure 110 mm in diameter. Both expand a bit to the top and have been positioned 20 mm apart. An interesting fact about the tailpipes is that they exhibit perfection when it comes to details. There is an inner part which has the same honeycomb pattern as the front air inlet and can be seen even when viewed from the outside.

Then there is the roof, in black, which transitions to become a roof spoiler in the same color. It comes with two levels and when viewed from the back, the attention is focused on the flying spoilers to the roof with one being on top of the other. The rear spoiler also has a brake light bar, with LED, integrated to it. Like the rear section, the front end has been redesigned as well.

The radiator grille comes in high-gloss black and on it is the R badge placed on a Lemon Yellow backdrop. There is also a line in the same Lemon Yellow color. This line starts from the grille and goes all the way to the rear passing through the headlights on the right and left. There is such a line on other Golf models like the blue one on the Golf GTE, the red on the Golf GTI and the chrome line placed on the Golf R.

Just under this Lemon Yellow line is an air inlet that ensures that cooling requirements of the Golf R 400, though higher, are still met. The company redesigned the entire bumper as the central air inlet now has a surround composed of carbon and comes with a wing-like element. As such, they look as if they are hovering in the bumper. Already aerodynamic, it has lines that go upwards horizontally on the bi-xenon headlights peak.

After that it curves to the rear in a V-shape ending in a C-shaped on the left side and a reverse C-shape on its right. For the lower air inlets, there are independent wing elements that hover, which are also in high-gloss black. In the middle of the black wings and the visual carbon, and even within these elements, a protective screen has been placed and, like many of the Golf R 400’s details, come in a honeycomb form that brings to mind motorsport vehicles.

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