Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept Makes North American Debut in LA

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad

With its debut at the L.A. Auto Show Volkswagen fans everywhere are almost guaranteed to be salivating at the possibility of a production version of the Golf R 400.

With 394 hp being sent to all four wheels this high-performance Golf would sit above the Golf R, should it ever go into production. With a claimed 0-62 MPH time of just 3.9 seconds this Golf is no goof, though it will surely make enthusiasts laugh and smile with automotive joy.

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This clever concept uses an interesting all-wheel drive setup, which sends power exclusively to the front wheels under low-load conditions. If needed the car’s Haldex-5 coupling sends power rearward for maximum grip as dictated by conditions. Volkswagen refers to the system as permanent all-wheel drive.

Last seen at the Beijing Motor Show the Golf R 400 Concept looks like a futuristic Golf R with cool lemon-yellow accents and carbon-fiber trim. Inside the car gets sporty bucket seats and additional carbon-fiber accents.

There are rumors this scalding-hot-hatchback is going into production, but so far there’s no confirmation, so keep your fingers crossed VW fans.

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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