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  1. Coming very soon for all your perverse power needs VWROC will be bringing you all the information on the latest APR offering, yes that's right the first UK based Stage III 7R! So forget about the mythical R400 concept and check back here soon for more updates!
  2. Coming very soon for all your perverse power needs VWROC will be bringing you all the information on the latest APR offering, yes that's right the first UK based Stage III 7R! So forget about the mythical R400 concept and check back here soon for more updates! View full article
  3. So it's coming. After a year of rabid speculation, and will they won't they arguments. We at VWROC HQ are pretty stunned actually. Only one of us in the office truly believed this car would be released, and these spy shots indicate that VW are intent on bringing this beast to the masses. So rather than rehash what's been said a million times, lets study the spy shots and see what's behind those thinly veiled, standard R clothes. Well for starters the rear spoiler is probably the most noticeable feature. VW must reckon it makes more than a cosmetic impact or else they wouldn't have put it on a disguised mule car. The new inter-cooler is clearly visible through the lower vents of the front spoiler. The wheel arches are not standard Golf R either. they have lost the standard flat edges and have been pulled out to accommodate what we can only assume is a wider track for those massive wheels. The new R400 is significantly lower than the standard R. Enough talking from us, lets hear what you have to say on the matter.
  4. This baby has got to have its own thread http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/beiji ... motor-show http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen ... -in-a-golf Alan
  5. Imagine having a job where you could let your inner child run free, creating cars that not only look to the future, but also showcase the very latest in technology. Well that’s the job of Christoph Bronder, Head of Technical Development at Volkswagen, and the man responsible for all of Volkswagens Concept Cars worldwide, including the much discussed R400. The car itself looks impressive… it rides low on its widened track, the greeny yellow flashes against the deep metallic silver paint (‘borrowed’ from Porsche) signifying something out of the ordinary, something that treads into uncharted territory for VW. The carbon fibre sill extensions, the rear diffuser and spoiler all give the Golf R400 a purposeful look. People say the standard R is very reserved in its styling; the same cannot be said for the R400 Concept. But, this isn’t just a concept car; Christoph tells us this is a fully functioning car that’s ready to go. Ready to hit the streets… …and hit the streets it will. Yes folks, after a year of debate, we can confirm that the R400 is destined for production, and that’s exactly what it will be, an R400, not an R420. Christoph confirmed to us the upgraded engine will be good for 420PS, but that version will be reserved for an Audi project – over to Revo then for that extra 20PS! There's currently a raft of engines currently being bench tested to ensure they're suitable for all driving conditions. Many of the features found on the R400 concept will carry over to production, including that widened track. The carbon fibre, which is all real carbon on the R400 concept won’t, it would simply make the production car too expensive. That greeny yellow colour will feature too – Christoph explained to us how difficult colour selection is within VW – Red is for GTI, Blue is for R, Green is seen as an ‘Eco’ colour, while Orange is associated with electrical components and hazards, so this new colour will designate all top performance models going forward. So what else did we learn? Well, just like the regular R, the R400 will be available with 3-door and 5-door variants and manual and 7-Speed DSG gearbox options, and of course Haldex four wheel drive to cope with the 400PS power output (that’s 394bhp, or 294kW). Christoph also mentioned an exhaust which can be manually controlled via a steering wheel button, enabling the driver to select a quieter note for cruising, and a racier rasp when you want it. We were absolutely delighted at this point in our interview, the speculation was finally over, and we had some great exclusive interview. Christoph wasn’t finished though. He’s a man who is clearly proud of his creation, and he wanted to show it off. Cue him handing us a rather inauspicious looking key with Velcro attached… yes, we got to fire up the R400. This car is fitted with keyless entry, so a prod of the starter button sees the 400PS motor fire into life – there is a bark from the exhaust which soon settles down to a deep baritone burble. There’s a rasp to the exhaust note as it revs, and a crackle on lift off – it’s one of the best sounding exhausts on a 4-cylinder car I’ve ever heard. But don’t just take our word for it, have a listen to the video below… then head straight down to your VW dealer and beg them to take your deposit, you’ll want one. The R400 is coming, are you ready for it? Over to you…
  6. Enough of the rumours, we’ve got the facts on the most hotly awaited Golf this Century…Imagine having a job where you could let your inner child run free, creating cars that not only look to the future, but also showcase the very latest in technology. Well that’s the job of Christoph Bronder, Head of Technical Development at Volkswagen, and the man responsible for all of Volkswagens Concept Cars worldwide, including the much discussed R400. The car itself looks impressive… it rides low on its widened track, the greeny yellow flashes against the deep metallic silver paint (‘borrowed’ from Porsche) signifying something out of the ordinary, something that treads into uncharted territory for VW. The carbon fibre sill extensions, the rear diffuser and spoiler all give the Golf R400 a purposeful look. People say the standard R is very reserved in its styling; the same cannot be said for the R400 Concept. But, this isn’t just a concept car; Christoph tells us this is a fully functioning car that’s ready to go. Ready to hit the streets… …and hit the streets it will. Yes folks, after a year of debate, we can confirm that the R400 is destined for production, and that’s exactly what it will be, an R400, not an R420. Christoph confirmed to us the upgraded engine will be good for 420PS, but that version will be reserved for an Audi project – over to Revo then for that extra 20PS! There's currently a raft of engines currently being bench tested to ensure they're suitable for all driving conditions. Many of the features found on the R400 concept will carry over to production, including that widened track. The carbon fibre, which is all real carbon on the R400 concept won’t, it would simply make the production car too expensive. That greeny yellow colour will feature too – Christoph explained to us how difficult colour selection is within VW – Red is for GTI, Blue is for R, Green is seen as an ‘Eco’ colour, while Orange is associated with electrical components and hazards, so this new colour will designate all top performance models going forward. So what else did we learn? Well, just like the regular R, the R400 will be available with 3-door and 5-door variants and manual and 7-Speed DSG gearbox options, and of course Haldex four wheel drive to cope with the 400PS power output (that’s 394bhp, or 294kW). Christoph also mentioned an exhaust which can be manually controlled via a steering wheel button, enabling the driver to select a quieter note for cruising, and a racier rasp when you want it. We were absolutely delighted at this point in our interview, the speculation was finally over, and we had some great exclusive interview. Christoph wasn’t finished though. He’s a man who is clearly proud of his creation, and he wanted to show it off. Cue him handing us a rather inauspicious looking key with Velcro attached… yes, we got to fire up the R400. This car is fitted with keyless entry, so a prod of the starter button sees the 400PS motor fire into life – there is a bark from the exhaust which soon settles down to a deep baritone burble. There’s a rasp to the exhaust note as it revs, and a crackle on lift off – it’s one of the best sounding exhausts on a 4-cylinder car I’ve ever heard. But don’t just take our word for it, have a listen to the video below… then head straight down to your VW dealer and beg them to take your deposit, you’ll want one. The R400 is coming, are you ready for it? Over to you… Click here to view the article
  7. I get that member R400 has become widely perceived as being a troll but... Every single post he/she makes is instantly followed by a barrage of slabbery comments and we now appear to have a stalker commenting 'splendid' after every R400 post. Now i'm wondering who the troll is. It is tedious. In my opinion R400 has been having good sport but has slipped up and is increasingly posting semi-intelligent and informed stuff. Let's be honest, there's not that much fresh content now and it's not ideal that a big chunk is pointless guff. I don't really care if R400 has an R although I imagine he/she does, but the continued 'schoolboy' retorts are shit. Can admin either demand proof of car or block the user? Anyone else miss the R Forum days...
  8. So it would appear the R400 has finally arrived on UK Roads. Although I'm sure the choice of tyre brand will be a hot topic of discussion!!! Apologies if this has already been posted. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-GOLF-R400-MK7-2013-NOT-GTI-GTD-R20-DAMAGED-REPAIRED-/391227130651?hash=item5b16f4431b
  9. It appears to us that Volkswagen is gearing up for a rather large party... as many will know, 2016 will be the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI, and with any big birthday, there's no harm in starting the party a little bit early. The 40th birthday of the GTI is being marked with the very special GTI Clubsport, a 287bhp (on overboost) version of the Golf, with reduced weight, improved aero, a manual gearbox, chassis tweaks and a roll cage. Dale Lomas who runs the website 'Bridge to Gantry' has spied the GTI Clubsport being tested at the 'ring in what looks to everyone like full production spec, even down to the side decals, and it looks fantastic. You can view Dales photos on his website by clicking here. Now, with a car in full production spec, it's surely going to be unveiled at a motor show in the not too distant future. Conveniently, Volkswagens home show Frankfurt crops up in September, just over two months away. But could we be in for a double party? Volkswagen has been very keen to get the R400 Concept seen by as many people as possible, with recent appearances in the UK at Goodwood and GTI International, and it has also been testing an R-based mule the Nürburgring. So, VW has two months to finalise the bumpers and get it on the stand at Frankfurt - certainly possible. Rumour within the industry says that we will see both cars there, with Clubsport deliveries starting at the end of the year, and R400 deliveries starting in late Spring 2016. So, a double launch party... one hell of a way to kick start the Golf GTIs 40th year!
  10. Are VW preparing for dual hot hatch launch at IAA Frankfurt in September 2015? It appears to us that Volkswagen is gearing up for a rather large party... as many will know, 2016 will be the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI, and with any big birthday, there's no harm in starting the party a little bit early........... Click here to view the article
  11. It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for, the long awaiting rumour mill surrounding the R400/R420 project can finally be put to bed. Here it is!! But not as a Golf as expected, as a Beetle. That’s right, the R400 concept we’ve seen to date was merely a Trojan-Horse style distraction… What more appropriate way of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 33bhp people’s car reaching America could there be than by launching a power-crazed special with a huge price tag? Volkswagen seem to agree, and they’ve done just that. Power crazed? Well yes. Volkswagen has blown the 400bhp figure out of the window. The Beetle R500 uses an up-rated version of the 3.0 litre V6 petrol found in models such as the US version of the Touareg, now heavily turbocharged to boost power from the standard 280bhp output to a truly staggering 496bhp. Apparently it’s a snug fit… Dr Shöhorn Wielder commented, “Yes, we had to do away with some key components such as ze air conditioning to make the engine fit, but this helps save weight, so it has an advantage†. All that power will be put on the road using the latest 4-MOTION system, with clever differentials front and rear to help keep those driving lines tight. People will no doubt ask though whether having this big V6 out front will upset the delicate balance of the MQB chassis, but Recht Hander, head of chassis dynamics declared “with 500bhp available, the handling is interestingâ€. It’ll be a handful in a straight line too, with an addition that is sure to impress ‘Fast and the Furious’ fans. The ‘Watch tHis, Instant Power System’ (WHIPS) will via a steering wheel mounted button allow the R500 to over-boost momentarily delivering absolutely savage overtaking power. All of this power does have its downsides… the R500 is loud, very loud. Thankfully, Volkswagen has fitted the Beetle R500 with a ‘Pedestrian Loudness Optimisation Pressure System’ (PLOPS). This reduces the pressure in the rear section of the exhaust via a series of valves, making the R500 much quieter around town. Head of acoustics Dr Zonic Boum declared the new PLOPS system “a revelation in pedestrian satisfactionâ€. That’s pretty much all the information we have for now, but one thing is for sure, this is bound to cause a stir.
  12. The R400 project lives on, but not as you might expect... It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for, the long awaiting rumour mill surrounding the R400/R420 project can finally be put to bed. Here it is!! But not as a Golf as expected, as a Beetle. That’s right, the R400 concept we’ve seen to date was merely a Trojan-Horse style distraction… What more appropriate way of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 33bhp people’s car reaching America could there be than by launching a power-crazed special with a huge price tag? Volkswagen seem to agree, and they’ve done just that. Click here to view the article