Earlier this week we revealed you the first sketches, but today the all-new VW Golf R 400 Concept made its official debut at the Auto China show in Beijing. The new concept car is based on the flagship Golf R hatchback and was developed by the Volkswagen R GmbH. Just like the Golf R, it is powered by the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine (Type EA888), boosted from 300 to 400 hp and an impressive 450 Nm of torque available from 2,400 to 6,000 rpm.
Bolted to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, the engine delivers the power to the four-wheel drive system and can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds while the top speed is 174 mph or 280 km/h.
In order to achieve that power increase, Volkswagen added a new turbocharger with a higher maximum charge pressure and reinforced crankcase and a water-cooled exhaust gas feed to the turbocharger that reduces full-load fuel consumption.
With a total weight of 1,420 kg, the Golf R 400 Concept has the same weight as the standard Golf R, despite the power increase. Moreover, the concept is 20 mm wider than the standard Golf R, as it features flared wheelarches inspired by those on the 1988 Rallye Golf G60.
The wheelarches are painted in Silver Flake metallic and are in contrast with the gloss black roof and carbon door mirror caps. New sill extensions seamlessly bridge the gap between the widened arches. Under the wheelarches we find 19-inch alloy wheels, a development of the Cadiz wheels found on the Golf R.
The new wheels feature high-gloss back inserts that act as air vanes, helping to cool the reinforced braking system and are wrapped in 235/35 R19 tires. The front end of the vehicle features a new front bumper fitted with a carbon fiber splitter and an aerodynamic wing element. Moreover, we see the ‘R’ badge on the gloss black radiator grille sits a ‘Lemon Yellow’ background.
At the rear we find a black double spoiler with LED brake lights, a redesigned bumper includes new side vents and two centrally mounted tailpipes that replace the four standard tailpipes found on the Golf R. Inside, there are motorsport shell seats with integrated head restraints and belt openings.
The seats are upholstered in cross-quilted panels covered in Alcantara and ‘carbon leather’. Stitching throughout the interior is in contrasting ‘Lemon Yellow’. [source: Volkswagen]