According to a report, it has emerged that Volkswagen’s head of research and development has confirmed plans to build a production version of the Golf R 400 Concept which was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show (Auto China) 2014 recently.
The Volkswagen Golf R concept is based on the Golf VII R and is powered by the same four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine but has received a modified turbocharger that has a higher maximum charge pressure along with a reinforced crankcase. With these modifications, the engine now outputs a whopping 100 PS (73 kW) and 70 Nm (51 lb-ft) more, with the figures standing at 400 PS (294 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft).
All the 400 PS of power is sent to the 4MOTION four-wheel drive system via a 6-speed DSG gearbox that enables the car to reach 62 mph from standstill (0-100 km/h) in only 3.9 seconds. Top whack of the car has also increased from 155 mph (250 km/h) to 174 mph (280 km/h), with both of them being electronically-limited.
The Golf R 400 concept tips the scales at 1,420 kg (3,130 lbs), which is the same as the regular R but the body is 20mm wider on both sides as a result of the new flared wheel arches.
Filling those arches are 19-inch alloy wheels on an increased offset. A development of the Golf R’s standard ‘Cadiz’ wheels, these are highly modified, with high-gloss back inserts that act as air vanes, helping to cool the reinforced braking system. The tyres are 235/35 R19s. At the rear section, the car sports dual 110mm centrally-positioned exhaust pipes.
Coming to the interiors, Volkswagen has prepared motorsport shell seats featuring built-in head restraints and belt openings. The four individual seats have been wrapped around in cross-quilted Alcantara & carbon leather with Lemon Yellow contrasting stitching.
Although the plans for production have been confirmed, there is no word on when the car will be launched.
Source : Car & Driver