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2015 Volkswagen Golf R 400

The Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept made its debut at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and immediately, the hot hatch became one of the most exciting models on display. The positive reception was heard all the way in Germany and in response, VW has confirmed that the Golf R 400 Concept won’t be a concept for very long. Equally important, Volkswagen’s R&D boss Heinz-Jakob Neusser also revealed that the production model will produce more horsepower than the "400" in its name will alludes to.

All this should ring music to the ears of those pining to see a production version of the Golf R 400 Concept. Once its built, the Golf R 400 will end up being the crown jewel of the entire Golf lineup, which already includes luminaries like the Golf GTI and the Golf R .

All that though and we still can’t get over the treat of seeing a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine inside the sports hatch packing 400 horsepower. On top of that, it will also carry a dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Though specific performance details haven’t been announced, it’s reasonable to expect a 0-yo-60-mph time of under four seconds to go with a top speed of 174 mph. In the end, those numbers may even be conservative, if the production model has more than 400 ponies on tap.

Note: Concept version pictured here.

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Competitors

Mercedes A45 AMG

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

A 400-horsepower Volkswagen Golf R is venturing into the territory of a car like the Mercedes A45 AMG, making it a worthy competitor to the turbocharged, fire-breathing AMG hatchback.

It may be the smallest car in Benz’s lineup, but the A45 AMG is far from a slouch. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine from AMG develops 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Seldom does it shred its tires to bits because this car has 4MATIC all-wheel-drive to maximize traction.

In the middle of the A45 AMG’s mechanical gadgetry is a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox with paddles behind the wheel for manual select. It is a five-door, AMG hatchback and it goes from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds. No, that’s not an oxymoron; just a sporty and powerful AMG pocket rocket.

BMW M135i

BMW M135i

When BMW finally decided to offer a high-performance version for its 1-Series — aka the M135i — everyone was pretty excited, mainly because it was among the first models of this kind. As you can see, the arrival of the M135i ushered in a new wave of high-performance sports hatchbacks, one of which includes the Golf R 400. While it’s too early to make assumptions on what the Golf R 400 will boast of when its launched, it’s reasonably to think that it’s going to give a car like the M135i a serious run for its money.

The M135i is powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 320 horsepower, well short of what the Golf R 400 is expected to carry. That’s a scary proposition for those still sleeping on the arrival of this VW tornado.

Volkswagen Golf R400 Concept

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept

The Volkswagen Golf R certainly looks the part of an "all-business" hot hatch, thanks to a mean and sleek stance that manifests itself in the redesigned two-tone front bumper, the carbon-fiber splitter, the gloss black grille and the horizontal yellow stripe that goes from one headlamp to the other.

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept

The Golf R 400’s interior is not overly different when compared to the regular Golf R’s cabin, but it does sport a number of additional features that enable it to stand out. The most noticeable additions are the motorsport shell seats that come with integrated head restraints and belt openings.

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept

The most important change lies under the hood, where Volkswagen’s high-performance R division managed to squeeze 395 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque out of the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.




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