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Mike Stevens | Apr, 19 2014 | 3 Comments


Volkswagen will tear into this week’s Beijing Auto Show with this pocket monster: the Golf R 400, a new high-powered concept.

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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