Volkswagen Teases Souped-up ?Golf R 400? Concept Photo:
Mike Stevens | Apr, 17 2014 | 4 Comments


Volkswagen is preparing to unveil a special new version of its hot Golf R hatch at next week’s Beijing Auto Show, delivering new aero tweaks - and a right kick in the pants.

Dubbed ‘Golf R 400’, the new concept is powered by a 2.0 litre turbo four churning out 295kW (or 400PS, hence the name) and 450Nm of torque.

That’s up from 221kW (206 for Australia) and 380Nm, and the reward? Volkswagen promises a 0-100km/h time of just 3.9 seconds - down from the production model’s 5.0 seconds.

The R 400 will also benefit from wider wheels, a wider track and a widened body to cover it all, along with new bumpers at both ends.

By the looks of this teaser art, there will also be a new green tint to the grille garnish (silver on the regular R, red on the GTI), and reports suggest the R 400 may also sport a carbon fibre roof.

If any of this sounds familiar, it should: remember the GTI W12-650? The R 400 isn’t quite as madcap as that special one-off, but perhaps it’s a little less one-off…

Watch for the R 400 to debut in the coming days. Hopefully we’ll also hear something about a possible production plan.

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