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VWROC meets the man behind the Golf R400 Concept – Exclusive!


JonSpriggs

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great write up Jon. Hope they keep the agressive front end - I'd love for them to give the R400 different DRLs and rear lights as well so that it can be subtly recognised from the R.

Ok, I'm off home to check the back of all my sofas for spare coins...!

 

Cheers

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I think it will have similar bumpers, just not in real carbon fibre as they are on the concept, as Christoph told us that it would have cost £100k!

 

Pricing is expected to be about £10k more than the R

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Fantastic stuff Jon! Your article was published at almost the same time as I received an email from my local dealer telling me that I was top of the list for an R400 order!

 

#omgimsoexited  :cheesy:

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surely then if theres going to be options of 3 or 5 door and man or dsg this means its going to be in full production not limited numbers?

 

I expect it to a series production model, not a limited edition...

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If the R400 handles well and smooth, it will be an "A45 / S3 / M3 / Scooby killer".

 

With a stage1 map, it will hit 60mph in about ~3.2secs. Not far off a Ferrari LaFerrari (~2.9secs).

 

And if they can do it on a 6+23 lease for about £300-400 a month, it will fly off the shelves and instantly get a UK waiting list of 6-12 months.

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Great write up Jon.

 

Will be a cracker for sure.

 

I was lucky enough to have a listen to the interview and thought I'd share the bit were he discusses the manager of Wolfsburg having a Golf, with the engine outlet of the RS3 in it. 615hp. Apparently understeer like a dog!!!

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If the R400 handles well and smooth, it will be an "A45 / S3 / M3 / Scooby killer".

 

With a stage1 map, it will hit 60mph in about ~3.2secs. Not far off a Ferrari LaFerrari (~2.9secs).

 

And if they can do it on a 6+23 lease for about £300-400 a month, it will fly off the shelves and instantly get a UK waiting list of 6-12 months.

No chance of any lease cars on this one in my opinion, only the standard R will have a lease option. They'll want to keep this as limited numbers. Nice try at a windup though....

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No chance of any lease cars on this one in my opinion, only the standard R will have a lease option. They'll want to keep this as limited numbers. Nice try at a windup though....

 

To be fair, if someone told me 2 years ago that I would be able to get a Golf MK7 R manual for the equivalent of £270 per month with 10k mileage allowance pa then I would've said that was a wind up....but it happened.

 

I'm sure you would be able to lease the R400, but whether you'd get it at an equivalent £350/month is another matter...

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You can lease RR Phantoms. You'll be able to lease an R400

 

And Jon's right. It's going to be a standard production car. They may well limit supply a bit like they did (or said they would) with the MK6R, but there's still plenty of them about

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You can lease RR Phantoms. You'll be able to lease an R400

 

And Jon's right. It's going to be a standard production car. They may well limit supply a bit like they did (or said they would) with the MK6R, but there's still plenty of them about

 

I've got my eye on a Huracan:

 

https://www.contracthireandleasing.com/car-leasing-companies/main-dealers/jg-leasing/lamborghini/huracan/52572949/

 

Seems like a good deal.

 

:cheesy:

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No chance of any lease cars on this one in my opinion, only the standard R will have a lease option. They'll want to keep this as limited numbers. Nice try at a windup though....

 

It's just a cr*ppy little Golf, dude.

 

They will bang it on a lease.

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