Volkswagen Golf R 400 and other concepts at the 2015 Qatar Motor Show
Concept cars are exciting – they not only give you a teaser of what’s potentially coming up from the brand, but make for some sensational pictures and conversations too. Sharp, futuristic, and loaded with technology, the concept cars on display at the 2015 Qatar Motor Show are no different.
Volkswagen Golf R 400
Hot hatches have been around for a while and for those who aren’t aware, it’s the 1976 Volkswagen Golf GTI that popularized the concept back in its day. Since then, however, we’ve come a long, long way. Powered by a 2.0 litre TSI engine with genes stemming from the Polo WRC racing engine, the Golf R 400 borders super sports territory. Touching 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and pushing on until arriving at 280 km/h, the 6 speed dual clutch automatic transmission channels power to a permanent four-wheel drive system. With 450 Nm of torque from just 2,400 RPM, the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG better watch out…
Volkswagen GTI Roadster
Adorned in Tornado Red, the Volkswagen GTI Roadster is a concept that gamers’ of the current tech addicted generation will be able to call to mind. Developed for the Playstation 3 game, Gran Turismo 6, the GTI Roadster is more than just an open-top variant of the iconic Hatchback. Sitting lower and wider, the German Roadster is powered by a 3.0 litre biturbo V6 engine that produces a mighty impressive 503 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque. Directing power through a 7 speed dual-clutch gearbox, the GTI Roadster reaches 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds and packs a top whack of 309 km/h.
Toyota FT-86 Open Concept
On forums, enthusiast websites, and in the automotive press, the question of whether Toyota will manufacture the FT-86 Open Concept is a persistent one. Looking absolutely stunning with its white bodywork and contrasting navy-blue top, the 86 Open Concept is in all rights, a showstopper. While the dimensions and powertrain remain unchanged from the Coupe, the guys at Toyota claim they’re further evaluating how allowing customers to let the wind ruffle their hair will affect the performance, balance, weight, and aerodynamics of the vehicle. All we can say is, come on Toyota, give us budget conscious roadster lovers something more than the Mazda MX-5 to consider.