Last month’s Beijing Motor Show gave us a very good insight into what is to come over the coming months, as well as possible models down the line thanks to some very sexy looking concept models. One such car that was on show was the Volkswagen Golf R400 concept, and its future looks very promising.
Volkswagen Golf R400 production is dependent on one thing, and that is finding the right gearbox to handle all that power from such a small unit. VW also needs to make sure that the car is viable in terms of costs, and so we guess that also comes down to how much that transmission will cost.
As it stands, the VW Golf R400 is an all-wheel drive system with a highly tuned 2.0-liter engine that can produce 395 horsepower, which is a lot considering the size of the car. And, while is had a 6-speed gearbox at the auto show last month, they need to find the correct one to handle the power considering it produces 332lb ft torque.
VW says that they are also looking to find the right automatic transmission for the Golf R400, as this will make the car more appealing on a global scale.
The problem with that current gearbox is that it is only rated to handle to 280lb ft torque, which is a long way off the 332lb ft torque in the R400. If this is the case, then Autocar believes that Volkswagen’s upcoming 10-speed DSG gearbox rated to handle up to 369lb ft could be the answer.
Saying that, this is only an automatic gearbox, and still does not solve the issue with the manual version.