Αυτό είναι το Golf R 400, το πρωτότυπο που παρουσιάζει η Volkswagen στην έκθεση του Πεκίνου μαζί με το ανανεωμένο Touareg. Το Golf R 400 φορά έναν 2,0-λιτρο TSI κινητήρα ο οποίος παράγει 400 άλογα με 450 Nm ροπής μεταξύ 2.400 σ.α.λ με 6.000 σ.α.λ.
Συνδυάζεται με ένα 6άρι DSG κιβώτιο (άσχετα αν οι φωτογραφίες του εσωτερικού δείχνουν μηχανικό κιβώτιο!), που στέλνει τη κίνηση σε όλους τους τροχούς και του δίνει τη δυνατότητα να κάνει τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα σε 3,9 δευτερόλεπτα, έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 280 χλμ/ώρα (ηλεκτρονικά περιορισμένη).
Ζυγίζει 1.420 κιλά, φορά νέο bodykit 20 mm φαρδύτερο από το Golf R παραγωγής, με τις ζάντες του να είναι 19″ με ελαστικά διαστάσεων 235/35. Φορά carbon μπροστά splitter, αεροτομή, carbon πλαϊνές ποδιές και carbon διαχύτη, με δύο στρόγγυλες απολήξεις 110 mm τοποθετημένες στο κέντρο, όπως φορούσε το Golf R32 του 2006.
Στο εσωτερικό η VW τοποθέτησε Alcantara bucket καθίσματα με ενσωματωμένα προσκέφαλα και κίτρινες ραφές, όπως και carbon διακοσμητικά. Η Volkswagen ξεκαθαρίζει πως το Golf R 400 θα παραμείνει πρωτότυπο, μιας και δεν υπάρχουν σκέψεις να περάσει στη παραγωγή.
Παράλληλα το VW Group ανακοίνωσε πως ξεκινά μια νέα καμπάνια για την προώθηση των ηλεκτρικών μοντέλων της στη Κίνα, ώστε να προωθήσει τις πωλήσεις των Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, Golf GTE, Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid, e-up! και e-Golf. Ο Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO της VW δήλωσε πως το Group θα επενδύσει περισσότερα από 18 δις ευρώ σε νέα αυτοκίνητα, νέες τεχνολογίες και νέα εργοστάσια έως το 2018, θα απασχολεί περισσότερους από 500.000 υπαλλήλους, θα έχει 3.600 αντιπροσωπείες σε όλο τον κόσμο, ενώ μέσα στο 2014, αναμένεται να πουλήσει περισσότερα από 3,5 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα.
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Volkswagen group night in Beijing: World premieres of the refined Touareg and the extremely sporty Golf R 400
Volkswagen is displaying the potential of its flagship Golf R hatchback at the Auto China show in Beijing, in the muscular form of the Golf R 400 concept. If the ‘400’ in the name doesn’t give the game away that this is a seriously powerful machine, then the body and bumper modifications and flared wheelarches should give more than a hint.
Based on the standard Golf R hatchback, which with its turbocharged 300 PS engine and 4MOTION four-wheel drive is hardly a shrinking violet, the Golf R 400 ups the ante considerably, with 400 PS and an extra 70 Nm of torque, making for 450 Nm in total, available from 2,400 to 6,000 rpm.
Developed by Volkswagen R GmbH, the arm responsible for high-power and customisation projects, the Golf R 400 uses a modified version of the engine found in the Golf R: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine (Type EA888). The extra power of the 400 helps propel this six-speed DSG-equipped model from rest to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds, a whole second faster than its 300 PS sibling. Its top speed is 174 mph (governed).
To achieve the increase in power, the Golf R 400 features a newly developed turbocharger with a higher maximum charge pressure and reinforced crankcase. A water-cooled exhaust gas feed to the turbocharger integrated in the cylinder head helps to reduce full-load fuel consumption, while variable valve control with dual camshaft adjustment improves economy and performance.
At 1,420 kg, the Golf R 400 weighs the same as the standard Golf R, but its appearance has been substantially altered. The body is 20 mm wider on each side, with flared wheelarches that are reminiscent of those on the 1988 Rallye Golf G60. These arches, like most of the body, are painted in ‘Silver Flake’ metallic, and contrast with the gloss black roof and carbon door mirror caps. New sill extensions seamlessly bridge the gap between the widened arches. Filling those arches are 19-inch alloy wheels on an increased offset. A development of the Golf R’s standard ‘Cadiz’ wheels, these are highly modified, with high-gloss back inserts that act as air vanes, helping to cool the reinforced braking system. The tyres are 235/35 R19s.
At the front, the bumper has been completely redesigned to take into account the greater cooling requirements of the R 400. A carbon fibre splitter and aerodynamic ‘wing element’ help to push air towards the honeycomb mesh of the grille – one of many aspects influenced by motorsport. The ‘R’ badge on the gloss black radiator grille sits on a ‘Lemon Yellow’ background, while the horizontal stripe across the grille (which, like the chrome strip on the Golf R, continues into the bi-xenon headlights) is also ‘Lemon Yellow’.
The redesigned rear bumper includes vents on each side, and the Golf R’s four tailpipes have been replaced with two centrally mounted items, like those on the 2002 Golf R32. These 110 mm diameter items are 200 mm apart, and point slightly upwards, displaying a honeycomb mesh. A black double spoiler with LED brake lights atop the tailgate finishes the look.
Inside are motorsport shell seats with integrated head restraints and belt openings. These are upholstered in cross-quilted panels covered in Alcantara, and ‘carbon leather’, as are the two individual rear seats. Stitching throughout the interior is in contrasting ‘Lemon Yellow’.
The Golf R 400 is only a concept at this stage, with no production plans.
Volkswagen group night in Beijing: World premieres of the refined Touareg and the extremely sporty Golf R 400
The Olympic stadium in Beijing was the venue for the Volkswagen group night themed “Night of the Stars”. The presentation of the Volkswagen brand was dominated by the refined Touareg and the extremely sporty Golf R 400.
The new Touareg generation is typified by its dynamically designed front and rear sections as well as by its fresh colours and wheels. This upper-class SUV is equipped with an automatic post-collision braking system which prevents secondary collisions in the event of an accident. The V6 TDI version now offers a coast function, in addition to bi-xenon headlights. The TDI motor decouples from the 8-speed automatic gearbox when coasting in order to use kinetic energy to further reduce fuel consumption.
In the interior new leather colours, lighting solutions and controls emphasise the premium appearance. The new Touareg version will be launched in the German market in autumn – as a diesel (TDI) and as a hybrid1 (TSI plus electric motor).
The Golf R 400 celebrated its debut in Beijing: The 400 PS sports car concept was developed by Volkswagen R GmbH, the sports car division of the brand. The Golf R 400 is powered by a 2.0 TSI engine whose technical genes stem from the Polo WRC racing engine. This motor propels the concept car to super sports car territory: From standstill to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, top speed 280 km/h. The maximum torque of 450 Newton metres is available in the range between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm. An automatic 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG), which can also be controlled via gear shift lever or shift-paddles at the steering wheel, transmits the power to the 4MOTION permanent four-wheel drive system.
The exterior was also completely redesigned, featuring significantly wider wings as a modern interpretation of the legendary Golf G60 rally car. Detailed perfection is also displayed by the front section, the front and rear bumpers and many other parts made of visible carbon fibre, similar to race cars. In the interior, on the other hand, the exclusive character of the Golf R400 is rounded off by Alcantara and racing seats covered with “carbon leather”.
1Fuel consumption, Touareg Hybrid, l/100km: city: 8.7 / country 7.9 / combined 8.2; CO2 emissions, combined: g/km: 193; efficiency class B ***
Volkswagen Group starts electro-mobility campaign in China
- CEO Prof. Dr. Winterkorn: “We are launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history.”
- Campaign gets underway with electric up!1 and e-Golf2
- Over €18 billion to be spent on new vehicles, technologies and plants up to 2018
- Over 500,000 employees at more than 3,600 dealerships in 2018
- Vehicle deliveries in China targeted to top 3.5 million for first time in 2014
“The Volkswagen Group is once again assuming a pioneering role in China and launching the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history”, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, announced on the eve of the Auto China motor show in Beijing. The initiative gets underway with the launch this year of the Volkswagen brand’s electric up! and e-Golf models.
While the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid3 is already in the showrooms in China, the Group will be launching two further innovative plug-in hybrid vehicles there next year with the Audi A3 e-tron4 and the Golf GTE5. Starting in 2016, this will be followed by two models developed specially for the Chinese market: These are the Audi A6 and a new mid-size limousine from the Volkswagen brand, both plug-in hybrids which are being developed together with the joint venture partners FAW Volkswagen and Shanghai Volkswagen and will be produced locally. Furthermore, the Bentley Hybrid Concept opens a window on the broad-ranging potential of hybrid technology.
Winterkorn went on to say. “All these vehicles are highly efficient and eco-friendly. And at the same time they offer lots of driving pleasure. That is exactly what people all over the world and here in China expect of the Volkswagen Group. Thanks to the modular strategy, which is also being implemented at our Chinese factories, we can electrify nearly every model in our range: From small cars to large sedans, from pure electric drives to plug-in hybrids.”
As a result, the Volkswagen Group is making its Chinese vehicle fleet ever more efficient. 17 Group models already meet the updated legal requirements set by the Chinese authorities to qualify as ‘especially energy-efficient vehicles’. “Here in China, we are now setting out on the road to a future of emission-free mobility,” Winterkorn added.
Investments remain at record level
To that end, the two joint venture partners FAW Volkswagen and Shanghai Volkswagen are investing more than ever before in state-of-the-art vehicles and drives, green technologies and resource-efficient plants. €18.2 billion will be invested up to 2018. As Winterkorn commented: “Our team of over 2,700 engineers in China and our partners are working together on pioneering technologies, and we are banking on China’s innovative power.” The company will continue on its growth trajectory. Over the coming years, more than 20,000 new skilled jobs will be created in China alone.
50 percent expansion of dealer network by 2018
In addition, the Group’s dealer network will see significant growth and increase by 50 percent from the present approx. 2,400 dealerships to over 3,600 partners. More than 500,000 people will then be employed by the Volkswagen Group’s Chinese dealer organization. The success of the dealerships is based on an ever-growing range of attractive models. This year alone, the Group brands will be putting over 30 new models, successor models and product upgrades in Chinese showrooms.
China plays key role in Strategy 2018
Winterkorn also said that “China is the Volkswagen Group’s largest single market and plays a key role in our Strategy 2018. For 2014, we have once again set our sights on double-digit growth in China and are aiming to deliver over 3.5 million vehicles to customers for the first time in a calendar year.” According to Winterkorn, the Group is also making good overall progress across all markets: “This year, our Group is aiming to deliver over ten million vehicles to customers worldwide for the first time.” That would mean the quantitative target of Strategy 2018 would have been achieved four years earlier than planned.
Digitalization also redefining the car in China
China will be an integral part of the Group’s ‘Future Tracks’ initiative. As Winterkorn explained: “Here in China, as elsewhere, people’s expectations of mobility and the automobile are changing faster and faster.” Moreover, increasing digitalization is confronting the automotive industry with challenges while at the same time presenting great opportunities as well. The Volkswagen Group is addressing this and other issues of the future with its ‘Future Tracks’ initiative: “We will intensify our customer orientation even further so that we can respond even faster and more flexibly to customers’ wishes – particularly here in China.”
The best experts and masterminds in the Volkswagen Group are joining forces in the ‘Future Tracks’ initiative to find answers to the long-term trends and challenges of the automotive world. That also includes innovative vehicle-related services which will increase in popularity going forward. Winterkorn said: “That will put us in a position to take precisely the right car with the right technology to customers and the market at precisely the right time. For me, ‘Future Tracks’ contains many essential elements for continuing and evolving our Strategy 2018.”
1 electric-up! – Energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 11.7 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+
2 e-Golf – Energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+
3 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid – Fuel consumption in l/100km: 3.1 (combined); energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 16.2 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 71 (combined); efficiency class: A+
4 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – Fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.5 (combined); energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 14.2 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 35 (combined); efficiency class: A+
5 Golf GTE – The vehicle has not yet gone on sale. It does not yet have type approval and therefore Directive 1999/94/EC does not apply. Provisional values: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.5 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 35 (combined).