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Volkswagen is set to unveil a more hardcore version of the already-hot Golf R Mk7 at the upcoming Beijing motor show. The Golf R 400, as it will be called, will be shown as a concept at first, but there’s a small possibility that it may see light as a production model in the future. It would be a good model to lust after, after all.

As you’d probably have guessed, the Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept will feature an uptuned 400 PS engine, which is a significant bump from the standard Golf R’s 300 PS 2.0 litre turbocharged motor. The four-wheel drive machine promises a 3.9 second 0-100 km/h time and a 278 km/h top speed, compared to the standard R’s 4.9 seconds and 255 km/h.

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A visual makeover will accompany the newfound performance too. The teasers suggest more aggressive bumpers, bigger wheels and flared wheelarches, the last of which is modelled after those on the 1988 Rallye Golf G60. The front grille/headlamp signature highlight – red on the GTI, chrome on the R – will be presented in ‘Lemon Yellow’ this time round.

The exterior will be finished in what Volkswagen calls ‘Silver Flake’ metallic, which is played against the contrasting carbon-fibre wing mirror caps and gloss black roof. The latter could possibly be a subtle teaser for a lightweight carbon-fibre roof option for future go-faster Golf models.