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World premiere of the 400 PS Golf R 400 sports car concept.

The latest Golf R**: 221 kW (300 hp). All-wheel drive. In 4.9 seconds up to 100 km/h. The sharpest production Golf ever and one of the most agile sports cars in its class. But the potential of the Golf – which made its debut exactly 40 years ago and developed into one of the world's most successful cars – enables even further extensions to the limits of what is feasible in sporty performance. Developed by Volkswagen R GmbH – the brand's sports car manufacturer – the name of theGolf 400 reflects its mission: 400 stands for nothing less than 294 kW (400 hp). The powerful engine with the genes of the WRC racing version propels the Golf to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Its top speed, assuming that a German motorway or race course is available: 280 km/h (governed).

Perfection in details runs through the entire concept – starting with the compact high-performance engine (2.0 TSI), the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, the largelynew body design to the dominant weight-to-power ratio of 3.55 kg per hp. This extreme Golf is painted in ‘Silver Flake’. The glossy ‘Black’ roof and the mirror capsin genuine carbon create a stunning contrast to this light metallic colour.

Volkswagen Design made wide-ranging design changes to the Golf R 400. For the highly modified and equipped with high-gloss black inserts 19-inch wheels, the body was widened by 20 mm on each side. In front, the designers developed an entirely new wing, which – as a modern interpretation of the legendary Rallye Golf G60 (from 1988) – are significantly flared. Similarly, the rear side panels over the wheel housings were also flared. In addition, the bottoms of the sides are characterised by a wrap-around splitter made of visual carbon that is a very flat aerodynamic element derived from motorsport. The fibres of the visual carbon parts emphasise the dynamism of the R 400.

Also the front end shows up in a new design. Beneath the high-gloss black radiatorgrille the Golf R 400 features a line in ‘Lemon Yellow’. It continues on the left and right into the bi-xenon headlights. In the rear section the black roof transitions into a also black roof spoiler which has two levels: viewed from the rear, the gaze is directed through the two "flying" spoilers, one above the other, to the roof. In addition to that a LED brake light bar has been integrated.

The interior of the Golf R 400 has also been extensively customised. In the decorative stitching of the motorsport shell seats the fresh ‘Lemon Yellow’ of the exterior can be found again – as in all the other leather elements. Meanwhile the inner surfaces of the lateral supports captivate in exclusive ‘carbon leather’. Carbon is also the dominant material for accents in the doors and of the dashboard. Many of the other accents are designed in glossy black piano finish. The white ambience lighting around the stainless steel door sill plates finally perfected the thought-out down to the last little detail equipment.

** Golf R: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: combined 7,3 - 7,1*; CO2 emissions, combined, in g/km: 170 - 165*; efficiency rating: E - D (Graphic representation of efficiency classes here.)

Concept car.