VW has always teased loyal fans of the Golf with fire breathing concepts that never make it to production. However, VW’s 400 horsepower Golf R 400 has the technology and potential to make an ultra-high performance production Golf a reality.
The car is set to debut for North America at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Golf R 400 is powered by a highly-tuned 2.0L four cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 396 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and 332 pound feet of torque. Power output of almost 200 horsepower per liter is representative of what most supercars produce.
A six-speed manual transmission sends power to the all-wheel-drive system with Haldex-5 coupling. The Haldex coupling allows the rear axle to decouple sending all the power to front wheels to aid in fuel savings. The car also features electronic differential locks which act as lateral differentials in addition to the XDS+ system that selectively brakes the inside wheels in order to optimize steering response.
The suspension has been modified and sits .8 inches lower than a standard Golf. The car also features a strut-type front suspension with lower control arms and a multi-link rear suspension and wears 19 inch wheels.
All of that high technology allows the Golf R 400 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 174 mph.
The body has been tweaked as well. The body has been widened by .8 inches and features fender flares to accommodate the large 19 inch wheels. The front and rear bumpers are also flared and feature aggressive styling unique to the R 400. The rear bumper features a similar dual-center exhaust and bumper width rear diffusor for added dimension.
The interior receives ultra-bolstered sport seats with alcantra centers and alternating stitching. Interior trim also gets upgraded to carbon fiber and there are swathes of alcantara on interior surfaces. The whole interior looks bespoke and deserving of such a high performance model.
The real question that remains is if VW will bring the Golf R 400 to production. From everything we can see, the pre-production concept features enough production ready details that we do not believe there is any reason that they couldn’t bring the model to production. The cost and demand for the R 400 is yet to be seen, but with stellar performance, useability, and ultra-high technology there will absolutely be demand for the hottest hot hatch ever!