Volkswagen Golf R 400 Prototype Spied Without Camouflage

Volkswagen fans, listen up; a Volkswagen Golf R 400 was spotted out and about testing in preparation for production with no exterior camouflage. We have previously had confirmation of the Golf R 400, which was shown as a concept last year, being strongly considered for production, contingent on sourcing a strong enough dual-clutch gearbox to handle the proposed 395 hp pushed out by the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
VW Golf R400 Spyshot  Rear Three Quarters 2

Now, a blue Volkswagen Golf R was spotted out on the road wearing plenty of subtle visual hints which hint this prototype is packing something special under the hood. A more aggressive aero kit along with a much lower and more aggressive suspension, wheels, and low profile tires give the spied Golf a taut, hunkered-down appearance, with additional aero components present on the front and rear bumpers. Behind the front grille, an oil cooler is just visible. The prototype also has heavy-duty brakes to manage all the additional power and speed.

Power should be still routed through all four wheels, via the aforementioned DSG and a strengthened Haldex all-wheel drive system. The driveline will be beefed up in preparation for the power boost, considering the Golf R 400 would make 103 hp more than the normal Golf R, which churns out 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 mph time and top speed should improve as well; Volkswagen estimated a 3.9-second run and a top speed jumps of 174 mph for the concept. We would also expect the Golf R 400 to sticker well above the $ 37,415 Golf R, and this super-hatch will likely be offered in a limited production run.

Take a look at the spied Golf R 400 in the photo gallery below.

VW Golf R400 Spyshot Side 2

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