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2014 Beijing Auto Show – Volkswagen Golf R 400, the meanest Golf yet?

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With a 296hp engine kicking out 380Nm of torque, a six-speed DSG gearbox, and 4MOTION four-wheel drive, the Golf R is as hot as a hatchback can get, or at least, that is what most of us would’ve thought.

The engineers at Volkswagen R GmbH however, had other tricks up their sleeves. The ongoing 13th annual Beijing International Automobile Exhibition saw VW unveil the meanest interpretation of the Golf Mk7 yet – the Golf R 400, last week.

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Still a concept, the Golf R 400 is capable of accelerating from standstill to 100km/h in only 3.9-seconds, and clock a top speed of 280km/h (limited), thanks to the tweaked EA888 2.0-litre turbo engine.

Yes, it is the same mill that powers the Golf R, but the newly-developed turbocharger is the secret behind the additional 98.6hp that is being produced. According to Volkswagen, the engine’s crankcase has also been reinforced to increase the engine’s structure. Total output now stands at an impressive 395hp and 450Nm of peak torque.

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As much as the exterior is concerned, the Golf R 400 features a redesigned front bumper complete with carbon fibre front splitter and an aerodynamic wing-type element designed to channel airflow towards the grille, a tweaked rear bumper with splitters, a unique wheel design, and Lime Yellow accents all around.

Inside, this car is fitted with the Golf R’s optional harness-ready bucket seats with a special trim upgrade with Alcantara and carbon leather, and contrasting stitching. The Lemon Yellow accents that is featured on the exterior is carried on into the cabin as well, on the steering wheel, the seats, and the gear lever, as well as the instrument panel.

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While it remains unknown if Volkswagen will turn this into a production version, the Golf R 400 has become one of the main highlights of the Beijing Autoshow, and has even caught the attention of petrolheads all around the world, who are eagerly hoping that it would go on sale in the near future.

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