Volkswagen, the Wolfsburg based automaker, would showcase two concept cars in form of Golf R 400 and GTI Roadster at the 2014 Los Angeles Motor Show. Both these cars would make their North American debut on November 18 at the LA Motor Show. Although, the Golf R 400 Concept car made its global debut at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year, while the GTI Roadster Concept car had its world premiere at Wörthersee enthusiast festival in Austria in May this year.
Talking about the GTI Roadster, it actually is a Golf GTI show car which was orginially created as an entirely electronic CGI entity for the Sony PlayStation3 classic game "Gran Turismo 6" ("GT6"). Being a 2-seater convertible sports car, it in-houses a 3.0L V6 twin-turbocharged TSI engine which generates a maximum power of 503 bhp and peak torque of 560Nm at 4000-6000 rpm. At lower revs around 2000, the available torque is 500Nm. This engine is coupled with a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission which disburses power evenly to all the four wheels via 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system. Being an lightweight vehicle as it weighs only 1421 kgs, it reaches the 96kmph mark fron standstill in a mere 3.5 seconds while clocking a top speed of 309kmph. The Volkswagen GTI Roadster is the result of cooperation between Volkswagen and Sony Computer Entertainment.
Coming to the Golf R 400 Concept, it is being developed by R GmbH which clearly shows just how far the Golf R can be taken using the experience gained from VW’s involvement in World Rallycross (WRC). The '400' in the name stands for its 400 PS (394 bhp) 2.0L TSI engine which propels it to achieve the 0-100kmph mark in just 3.9 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 278kmph. The Golf R 400, including its all-wheel drive system, weighs just 1,420 kilograms due to its compact high-performance engine and lightweight dual-clutch gearbox. The 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive system is one of the most fuel-efficient systems of its kind and the Golf is also exceptionally aerodynamic, even in R 400 form.
The car is painted in "Silver Flake" and features a glossy black roof, carbon-look front splitter, and genuine carbon mirror caps. Inside, additional carbon accents further reiterate the Golf R 400’s sporty nature. Inside the Golf R 400, the driver and front passenger have motorsport-style bucket seats with integrated head restraints, openings for seatbelts, and “R” badges embroidered on the back. The cross-quilted middle seat panels are finished in Anthracite colored Alcantara; the seat bolsters, headrests, and lower lateral supports are covered in ex clusive "carbon leather". The divided rear seats also have carbon leather outer areas, with Alcantara seating surfaces in the center.