Starting with VWâ€™s familiar 2.0-liter TSI 4-cylinder engine, the R400 concept develops an additional 102 horsepower, for a grand total of 394 horsepower at a lofty 7,200 RPM. Torque is a hefty 332 lb.-ft., but with a curb weight of just over 3100 pounds, the R400 concept is slated to make the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.9 seconds. The R400â€™s â€œoff-the-lineâ€ capability is aided by the R400â€™s performance-oriented 4MOTION AWD system, which can route power to the front axle or split power between front and rear depending on driving circumstances.
In addition, we can praise the transmission gods for VWâ€™s decision to keep a 6-speed manual on the R400, a decision that should make the carâ€™s 173 mph top speed all the more satisfying.
VW Golf R400
VW has included some impressive performance bits on the R400 concept. Brake-based torque vectoring differentials are housed in both axles, while the electronic stability control receives an extremely aggressive â€œraceâ€ mode, intended for high-speed track driving. Suspension and tire setup are the same as in the Golf R, though the R400 model has been lowered an additional 0.8 inches. And the R400â€™s â€œCadizâ€ 19-inch rims were designed with performance in mind, incorporating black inserts that serve double-duty as air cooling vanes.
Interesting, too, are the design cues that the R400 uses to harken back to great racing Golfs of the past. The hatchâ€™s flared front bumper is reminiscent of the 1988 Rally Golf G60, while the rear diffuserâ€™s twin integrated exhaust pipes smack of the 2002 Golf R32, the Golf that started the â€œRâ€ line. Even the honeycomb grille design on the front bumper screams motorsport, showing that the R400 is an important embodiment of VWâ€™s storied racing heritage.
Like all premium performance cars, the Golf R400 has ample interior amenitiesâ€“the race-inspired sport seats are covered with Alcantara, while door accents and the passenger side of the dashboard receive a treatment of carbon fiber. Of course, to match the R400â€™s signature neon yellow exterior accents, yellow contrast stitching provides the interiorâ€™s finishing touch.
No details on price or release date have been given about the R400, but stay tuned on TFLcar.com for more developments.
Please enjoy this TFLcar insider video of the Golf R SportWagen from the 2014 LA Auto Show.