The Volkswagen Golf R has traditionally been the most powerful production version for each generation of Golf. But could Volkswagen be planning to introduce an even more powerful version of the Golf? That’s what this Golf R 400 Concept seem to indicate.
The Golf R 400 Concept also uses a 2.0 litre TSI engine just like the Mk7 GTI and R; however this one has its roots from the Polo WRC‘s racing engine. Peak power is 400 PS and 450 Nm of torque, channeled to all four wheels via a six-speed DSG gearbox and Haldex-based 4MOTION permanent all-wheel-drive. That’s a full 100 PS more than the Golf R.
It’s not the most powerful version of the 2.0 TSI in a concept that we’ve seen – the TT quattro sport concept from Geneva has 420 PS – but still, it’s a very impressive power to displacement ratio. The 400 PS/450 Nm takes the Golf R 400 Concept up to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
The exterior design of the Golf R 400 Concept – based on the three-door Golf body – has also been revised, now having flared fenders as a modern interpretation of the Golf G60 rally car from 1988. The front and rear bumpers and many other parts made of visible carbon fibre. The interior is finished with Alcantara and racing seats covered with “carbon leather”. Suspension settings remain the same as the Golf R’s.