Super-hot hatchback with 395bhp will come to market - no launch date set, but prototypes have been spotted at the Nürburgring
20 May 2015

The production version of the Volkswagen Golf R400 concept has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring for the first time.

This test car features a widened front and rear track, as well as large wheels reminiscent of the original Golf R400 concept car. The photographing of this early prototype comes only weeks after VW technical chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser confirmed the model was entering development.

Interestingly, our spy photographers report hearing the what sounded like a five-cylinder engine on this test mule. While the car's powertrain hasn't been confirmed, it's expected to run the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine from the Golf R, which in the concept produced 395bhp and 332lb ft. 

However, it's worth remembering that one of the R400's chief rivals, the Audi RS3, features a 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine producing 362bhp.

The R400 is all-wheel drive and uses a six-speed manual gearbox. It can hit 62mph from rest in just 3.9sec and reach a top speed of 174mph. 

Neusser gave no indication of a launch date for the most potent Golf model yet. 

One of the main challenges in bringing the R400 to production is understood to come from finding a gearbox suitable to handle the R400’s 332lb ft torque output. VW also wants an automatic option to give the model greater global appeal. The Golf R’s six-speed DSG ’box is only rated for torque loads of up to 280lb ft. 

The Golf R400 concept car was originally shown to display the firm's engineering prowess, as well as the range of customisation options open to its customers. If given the green light for production, the new model would do battle with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and the BMW M235i.

Neusser also confirmed that, despite rumours, the VW Beetle would survive for a third generation. It will be based on the new MQB platform and is likely to be built alongside the Golf and new Tiguan in Mexico.

Despite plans to drop the low-selling three-door layout for the next Polo, Neusser confirmed that the Golf-size MQB-A platform would retain a three-door layout.

When asked if the current Scirocco would be replaced, Neusser said cars such as the small coupé were “emotional cars” and that there had to be “an evolutionary step for these type of cars” in the next generation, which suggests 
a much more stylistically radical replacement.

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22 May 2014

god, imagine if that gearbox was manual and you had to control 10 ratios. nightmare.

22 May 2014

Excellent and decent post. I found this much informative, as to what I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.

29 April 2015
ngocfriv wrote:

Excellent and decent post. I found this much informative, as to what I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.

Weirdo.


20 May 2015
Winston Churchill wrote:
ngocfriv wrote:

Excellent and decent post. I found this much informative, as to what I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.

Weirdo.

Viral advertising, actually. There's another "contributor" pushing his minicab business in the same manner.

22 May 2014

Dear gods... only the VW PR machinen could spin ein blundering catastrophic oversight into a positive. I assume that the R400 is just another Bulli, Hover Concept or Beetle Dune that have absolutely no basis in reality. No doubt they keep the interest of six year olds using their crayons to draw VW logos in the back of their exercise books, and I'm certain that this would not reflect badly on, or draw comparisons with, the intellect of VW owners and enthusiasts, obviously.

22 May 2014

uses Audi's 2.5L engine. Tuning the GTI's 2L to get the claimed 400bhp is putting far too much stress on it. However the VW might just do that to keep the cost down.

22 May 2014

VW made such a big deal about the XL1 and the other eco cars that a mad and bad Golf isn't a bad idea to keep true petrolheads caring about the marque. However, the better idea would be to put a larger engine into the XL1 and let the power-to-weight ratio make it a natural supercar.

29 April 2015

I don't see an issue with this. Aq quick call to British company, Ricardo Engineering, should sort this out. They have been there before with VW Group, making the Veyron gearboxes (and other bits).

29 April 2015

So I can see that VW could produce this car fairly cheaply to satisfy the demands of a few hardcore "enthusiasts". But I'd prefer to see the company spend its time developing a 200 horsepower Golf with a weight around 1000kgs. That would do the same job but a lot more efficiently - albeit it might not get the headlines, or make so much money...

29 April 2015

395bhp and 332lb ft from its beefed-up turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, taken from the Golf R.Ha ha

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