Volkswagen released the first details and design sketches of a new Golf-based concept car, set for debut at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The Golf R 400 Concept, as it’s called, is an extreme take on the existing Golf R with 100 extra horsepower and a motorsport inspired body.
Golf R 400 gets the same powertrain as the production Golf R but with 400 Ps power output and uprated four-wheel drive and DSG transmission. It goes from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) time in 3.9 seconds – a full second quicker than the standard Golf R – and has a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph).
The more exciting part of the Golf R 400 is the body kit, inspired in part by the 1988 Rallye Golf G60 – namely its flared wheel arches. The concept features a ‘Silver Flake’ metallic paint job garnished with ‘Lemon Yellow’ highlights. The same theme continues inside the car.
The good thing about Golf R 400 Concept is that it should work as a production car because there is nothing too fancy about it. Granted, 400 Ps is a bit too much for a little hatchback, but still. VW maintains they have no plans to put the R 400 into production yet.