After nearly two years as a concept car, Volkswagen has finally said that it will produce a limited run of the Golf R400, the most powerful Golf ever. The final version of the car will make its debut in March at the Geneva International Motor Show. But rumor has it the car will no longer be called the R400. Volkswagen has changed its name to the Golf R420. That can only mean one thing: There are now 20 more horses in the stable! Instead of a supercar-beating 200 hp per liter, it will be making an unheard-of 210 hp per liter. Before we get carried away, let’s see how the current R400 concept compares to the real-world Golf R.
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|Golf R||vs||Golf R400|
|2.0L I-4 TSI||Engine||2.0L I-4 TSI|
|4.5 seconds||0-60 mph||3.9 seconds|
Golf R vs Golf R400 drivetrain
Both cars start with the same engine block but where they go from there is a different story. While the Golf R has an aggressively tuned version of the Golf GTI’s engine, the R400 is more like a slightly detuned version of Volkswagen’s World Rallycross racing engine. (The WRC version makes a mind-boggling 560 hp.) Both cars have 4MOTION all-wheel drive, but the R400 is only available with a manual transmission. Top speed is limited to 173 mph.
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Golf R vs Golf R400 exterior design
When it comes to exterior design, the Golf R and R400 are easy to tell apart. The more aggressive looking one is the faster one. The R400 has a markedly more racy looking front fascia, side skirts, spoiler and rear diffuser. Its exhaust exits through two massive central pipes. Even though the wheels are a similar design, the R400’s have plastic air vanes to channel air inward to cool its bigger brakes. And the R400’s fenders flare out an extra 0.8 inch on each side because it’s been made wider with a deeper wheel offset.
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Golf R vs Golf R400 interior
The Golf GTI interior is instantly recognizable for its plaid seats, red contrast stitching and red interior ambient lighting. Likewise, the Golf R gets the same interior treatment except its sport seats and interior trim have a blue contrast stitching and matching ambient interior lighting. To differentiate the R400, Volkswagen has made its signature trim color neon yellow. It also gets true racing bucket seats with openings for five-point harnesses (and “R” embroidery). The R400 also has upscale materials like Alcantara, carbon leather and glossy piano trim.
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