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Monster Golf concept beckons production model


THE AUTO China show in Beijing has seen the debut of the Golf R 400 concept. The ‘400’ alludes to the number of Pferdestarkes (Ps) the car produces.

 It is based on the standard 206kW Golf R, but in this guise produces 296kW (400Ps) and 450Nm.The concept was developed by Volkswagen R GmbH, the arm responsible for high power and customisation projects. The Golf R 400 uses a modified version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine (Type EA888) found in the Golf R.

The extra power of the 400 helps propel this six-speed DSG-equipped model from rest to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, a whole second faster than the standard R. The extra power comes courtesy of a newly developed turbocharger with a higher maximum charge pressure and reinforced crankcase.

It may weigh the same as the standard R at 1 420kg, but the Golf R 400 looks totally different. The body is 20mm wider on each side with flared wheelarches finished in Silver Flake metallic, which are contrasted by the gloss black roof and carbon door mirror caps. There are also new 19-inch alloy wheels based on the standard R’s ‘Cadiz’ wheels, but have been highly modified with high-gloss black inserts that act as air vanes, helping to cool the reinforced braking system.

At the front, the bumper has been completely redesigned to take into account the greater cooling requirements of the R 400. A carbon-fibre splitter and aerodynamic ‘wing element’ help push air towards the honeycomb mesh of the grille. The rear bumper includes vents on each side and two centrally mounted exhaust tips replace the four tips from the standard car.

There is motorsport shell seats inside upholstered in cross-quilted panels covered in Alcantara and ‘carbon leather’, as are the two individual rear seats. Stitching throughout the interior is in contrasting ‘Lemon Yellow’. The Golf R 400 is only a concept at this stage, with no production plans as yet.

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