VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R400
Unusually, VW had already revealed the concept’s key numbers when it first teased its coming just three days ago, but buckle up, because here they come again.
Power? A colossal 295kW (400PS) and 450Nm, delivered with a wicked grin from a hotly tuned version of the regular Golf R’s 2.0 litre turbo engine - which usually offers 221kW (206 for Oz) and 380Nm.
As a result, the R400 claims a supercar dash to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. That’s a good deal quicker than the normal R’s 5.0 second sprint, and a mere two-tenths off the time of its W12-powered concept predecessor, the GTI W12-650.
Interestingly, the hatch’s output falls a little short of the 309kW 2.0 litre turbo Audi TT Quattro Sport concept that appeared in March - but both suggest that we could expect to see similar figures for the coming RS 3 and TT RS models.
Perhaps even an extra-hot version of the Golf R, just like this.
In the R 400, power is sent to all four wheels through Volkswagen’s 4Motion system and a six-speed DSG auto (yes, no manual here - despite what the photos might suggest...), and the company’s XDS+ system is featured at both ends.
The new concept sits 20mm lower than a regular Golf hatch, riding on 19-inch and newly styled wheels that take their cues from the new Golf R’s rims.
Fluoro yellow highlights also set the concept apart, along with new carbon fibre-accented bumpers, fatter guards and a return to the centre-mounted exhausts of R models past.
Will we see the R 400 in production? Not just yet. Volkswagen says it’s strictly a concept, but when you line this one up alongside the GTI W12… it’s no great leap to imagine this one in your local showoom - and then in your driveway.
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