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Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept is One Mega-Hatch

0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds. Enough said.

Promised in sketch form earlier this week, Volkswagen has unveiled its hottest of hot hatches dubbed the Golf R 400 Concept at the Beijing Motor Show. Based on the latest Golf R, power comes from the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot. But thanks to a modified turbocharger, which has higher maximum charge pressure and a reinforced crankcase, output is upped by 100 hp and 51 lb-ft of torque to 395 hp (equating to 400 PS, hence its name) and 332 lb-ft.

Mated to VW’s six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive system, the R 400 Concept sprints from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds – a full second quicker than the Golf R. Top speed is increased, albeit limited, to 174 mph. Paying homage to the 1998 Rallye Golf G60, flared wheel arches adds 20 mm of width on each side and house unique 19-inch alloys. A carbon-fiber splitter can be found up front, while at the back dual 110-mm centrally-located exhaust pipes are inspired by the 2002 Golf R32. Inside, VW has fitted motorsport shell seats with built-in head restraints and belt openings.

All four individual seats are wrapped in Alcantara and carbon leather with Lemon Yellow contrasting stitching to match the exterior. It may only be a concept, but the Golf R 400 boasts plenty of production potential. Hot-hatch fans need to make some noise and, with any luck, the People’s Car may listen.

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