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The Golf R 400 Concept with 395 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque might be one of the coolest concepts at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. The absolutely scorching hatch can hit 62 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 174 miles per hour. All of that power comes out the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is nearly ubiquitous in VW Group's cars with all-wheel drive. The even better news about the R 400 is that it might actually see production.

According to Car and Driver, Volkswagen head of research and development Heinz-Jakob Neusser confirms that there will be a production version. However, there is no word whether the model is coming to North America. Neusser also claims that the engine in the R 400 is only mildly revised over the Golf R to take the extra boost. There is also the possibility the powerful four-cylinder could make it into other VW Group models.

It's great to hear that the Golf R 400 is more than just a styling exercise. It does a fantastic job at looking understated yet powerful, with the big wheels and bumper but few other body modifications. Now, let's hope VW deems North America worthy of its halo hot hatch.


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      Autoblogist
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yeah, just like they were gonna bring the GTD.
      mookieblaylock
      • 9 Months Ago
      so stupid, they will make 50 to sell in europe for publicity sake, whatever
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like Golfs as a whole ,but this would easily be 50-55k USD were it to be sold here, and honestly, I don't think there are that many people willing to pay that much for it.
        Haelphadreous
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        The Golf R is going to start right around 35k, this would be an extreme version, but it would be keeping a lot of the same parts, I just don't see a 15~20k mark up taking place for a larger turbo, and a few other tweaks, I just don't see this running more than low to mid 40's and at that price I have to say I am interested.
        Matt Mossberg
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        How come you think it would be easily 50-55k? It's the same engine in the r which stars around 36k. All they would mostly need to do if beef up some engine parts, tranny and do an upgraded suspension work (maybe better brakes) I see the 400 starting around 42-43k of it comes over to the usa.
        NY EVO X MR GUY
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        You beat me to it. I was thinking 55-60k. Thats hitting almost bottom m3-4 and c63 territory.
      chasegarcia
      • 9 Months Ago
      I still don't "get it" with the Golf. Why is this car special?.....asking the VW crowd.This Golf R is like the crazy vanilla version of the vanilla Golf.
        PatTheCarNut
        • 9 Months Ago
        @chasegarcia
        Drive one...all models of the Golf are fantastic cars, and a blast to drive. My 2010 GTI is as close to my Boxster as you can get for the price.
        Joe Liebig
        • 9 Months Ago
        @chasegarcia
        'Cos you can enjoy the feeling of a sporty car while driving an unpretentious Golf. You know, for those people who reward themselves with driving fun, not the admiration of their neighbors.
          chasegarcia
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          Don't get me wrong, I like the car. Just pissed they still will not bring the Scirocco to US.
      mamamiaitsapizzapie
      • 9 Months Ago
      Because the Golf R is such a hot seller? I'm sure it will only be in very limited numbers, and unlikely to be sold in the U.S., but come on... Who is going to spend a likely $50,000+ on a Volkswagen Golf...?
        Phontsolo
        • 9 Months Ago
        @mamamiaitsapizzapie
        I serious can't stand your argument. "Who is going to spend a likely $50,000+ on a Volkswagen Golf." You're answer is who ever god damn wants to!! If it has the Audi logo on it, that's fine right? Like we talking about VW being some terrible, cheap brand that's not capable of creating something quality. My R32 is still the best overall car I've ever purchased in every single way it was worth the $35K i spent. Now you'll probably come back with, ,"Who is going to spend a likely $50,000+ on a HATCHBACK?" argument.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Phontsolo
          "You're answer is who ever god damn wants to!!" Still, a business case has to be made.
          Storm
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Phontsolo
          Lets be real, no one in their right mind would spend $50,000 on a Volkswagen 4 Banger. Seriously though, at a price like that it would be handed off to Audi to be targeted to a different group of buyers. Volkswagen... The Peoples Car.
      ravenosa
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looks like a Kia crashed into a kraut steamer and this is was the aftermath.
        PatTheCarNut
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ravenosa
        Wouldn't the Kia just sink? Or maybe float and swell twice its size since it's made of rice.
      wsbfan
      • 9 Months Ago
      I heard it's coming to North America but it will be a 4 speed manual with 4 doors and 2wd.
      RetrogradE
      • 9 Months Ago
      Chris, what does "gonzo" have to do with this GTI? Are you referencing Hunter S. Thompson? Is "gonzo" some idiomatic reference to VW? It'd be kind of cool if there WAS a "gonzo GTI," but I don't think there is.
      Michaele
      • 9 Months Ago
      It will never enter North America. Not in a million years. VW treats the North American market like garbage and they wonder why they can't make their lofty sales goals!
        Joe Liebig
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Michaele
        VW is just one step ahead when it comes to off-shoring. They've even offshored their buyers to China.
      Storm
      • 9 Months Ago
      Oh, this is a serious article.
        RetrogradE
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Storm
        Ha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this kind of stuff.
      Will
      • 9 Months Ago
      What on earth does is it about a Golf R400 that would inspire the author of this headline to channel Hunter S. Thompson?
      Ron
      • 9 Months Ago
      Is it AWD or Wrong-wheel-drive?
        RetrogradE
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Ron
        I assume it's AWD since this is a pumped up version of the already-pumped Golf R, which is AWD.
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