Volkswagen uncorked the Golf R400 Concept at earlier this year. Production confirmation was not far behind, nor was our report that the version headed for dealers would . Just so you can grab a gander at this herald of Hot-Hatch Galactus, VW's bringing it to the L.A. Auto Show.
To refresh, the R400, like the , features a Haldex 5 AWD system (employed to great effect on ) and a turbo-boosted 2.0-liter engine. The standard R makes a healthy 292 horsepower. The hundred- extra ponies on the R are said to push the thing to 60 mph in the sub-four-second range. VW claims 3.9 seconds, and with a 2014 Corvette Stingray. Though the RWD Vette makes more power, the Golf uses all four wheels to translate its might into motion.
In the tradition of the 1989 Rallye Golf, the R400 features a wide-body treatment. Although it's more subtle than the box flares VW attached to the MkII-derived homologation special, the 1.6 inches of additional girth add a measure of aesthetic gravitas to the machine. The 19-inch wheels riff on Porsche's unfortunately iconic Turbo Twist wheels from the 1990s, updated to not look utterly tacky.
The gearbox is a seven-speed DSG (natürlich!), the interior's laced with carbon fiber, and two center-exit pipes protrude from the rear. In terms of looks, the Golf R400 is aces, resplendent in silver with lemon-yellow accents. Power-wise, it should slay plenty of wheeled things. As for dynamics? Well, we'll just have to wait for the production version, won't we?