Volkswagen Golf R400 Concept Details:
When Ulrich Riestenpatt gt Richter was appointed Executive Director of R GmbH, he made no secret of his plans to inject more energy into the Volkswagen’s performance brand.
Coming from Lamborghini and Audi, where he was involved in the Gallardo and R8 projects, there could be little doubt as to his intentions. One of his first projects was to inject the new VW Golf R with a little more gusto, ensuring that the ESP stability control could be completely disabled, for example. He wants to create proper drivers cars, and the new R is claimed to be 15sec faster around the Nürburgring than the outgoing model. Among his new projects are a VW Polo R model, inspired by the company’s domination of the World Rally Championship, where they took the title last year. Richter wants to draw a clear link between VW’s motorsport involvement and its road cars.
Another car under development has been a Golf R “Evo”. Also referred to internally as the Golf RS, this new Volkswagen Golf R400 concept is the clearest indication that no prisoners will be taken.
The new “studie” will be unveiled at the forthcoming Beijing Auto Show and it betters the Golf R’s current output by 100hp. Jumping from 300hp to an impressive 400 (400PS/394hp), this all-wheel drive Golf is said to reach 62mph from a standstill in 3.9sec and will terminate at 174mph. the current Golf R manages 4.9sec and 155mph.
In a year that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the VW Golf, the Golf R400 concept is the ultimate expression of the company’s most successful model. In fact, the concept nods at a previous Golf model – the 1988 Rallye – with its flared fenders, which are supposed to remind us of the supercharged G60 1.8L model that preceded it. Unfortuantely, the Mk2 Golf Rallye had quattro-style box fenders, while the round R400 fenders are 0.8” wider, but you get the idea… While it’s rumored that VW has been looking at several engine options, including the VR6 and 2.5L TT RS engine, the concept uses the 2.0-liter TSI EA888 engine. Power is said to be 394hp at 7200rpm with 332 lb-ft of torque at 2400-6000rpm, although there’s no specific indication of how this was achieved.
Power is passed through the six-speed DSG automatic transmission to the 4Motion all-wheel drive system. The AWD system runs in FWD mode under low load conditions or when coasting. However, the rear axle of the Golf R400 can be engaged in fractions of a second as soon as extra traction is required. This is achieved by means of the Haldex coupling, activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
Handling is assisted by VW’s XDS+ system on both axles. It applies the brakes to the inside wheels in a bend if slip is detected at high speed. It also has a multi-function ESC mode that allows it to be drive in ESC Sport, where stability control intervention is reduced. The system can also be totally disabled in ESC Race mode.
The suspension is uprated and the Golf R400 is 0.8” lower than the production Golf R. However, this more powerful concept makes do with the same size 235/35 R19 tires as the less powerful model, although they’re mounted on 19” Cadiz wheels with black highlights. These have a lower offset to push the wheels into the wider fenders.
Finished in "Silver Flake" with a gloss black roof and carbon fiber mirror caps, the concept also has a painted carbon-effect front splitter and genuine carbon accents for the interior.
The Golf R400 has a black radiator grille on a background of "Lemon Yellow". This accent is continued into a line in the front grille as well as on the brake calipers and engine cover.
The bumper was redesigned with larger central air inlets surrounded by “wing-like” element finished in carbon-effect. At the rear, a new diffuser houses two central tailpipes, following the design of the 2002 VW Golf R32. Stay tuned for more on the Volkswagen Golf R400 concept during the upcoming Beijing Auto Show.