When Volkswagen revealed the Golf R 400 concept at the Beijing Motor Show last month, it emerged as the most extreme version of the hatchback we once called Rabbit since the bonkers GTI W12-650 concept of 2007. The main difference is that while that 641-horsepower, mid-engined, twelve-cylinder scalding hot hatch was never destined for production, the Golf R 400 is. Only it gets better than that.

Car and Driver reports that, at its recent engine symposium in Vienna, Volkswagen R&D chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser indicated that the production version of the Golf R 400 could actually produce more than the 395 hp packed into the concept. Just how much more, we don't know, but considering that VW was already conservatively quoting a 0-62 time of 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 174 mph, we'd guess that, with a DSG and all-wheel drive, the production version could end up running 0-60 in about 3.5.

That would leave the 5-second 0-60 time for the current Golf R in the dust and even eclipse the quoted 3.7 0-62 time for the aforementioned GTI W12 as the Golf R 400 moves on to a new category of super hatches.


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      sstowes
      • 7 Months Ago
      " Volkswagen R&D chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser indicated that the production version of the Golf R 400 could actually produce more than the 395 hp packed into the concept." I've hung around VW guys long enough to know, this should surprise absolutely nobody. Even if the R had come with 9hp from the factory, someone would write software and extract another billion from it. Boosted Volkswagens can get absurd.
      Paul Sherrard
      • 7 Months Ago
      At 17 I had a 1974 Golf Mk I, 110hp. I've had 8 VW's since then (along with any number of Japanese, American, Korean, and German vehicles), but the Golf will always have a place in my heart. If this comes in around 50k in Canadian dollars, I'll get one. It may not be as fancy or classy as anything else in the price range, but neither will it be as ostentatious. I can still head on errands, and my wife will never complain - combine those wins with the sheer joy of driving, and it's all win.
      vegasstyleguy
      • 7 Months Ago
      How about they just give us a Scirocco?
      CarEnthusiastRTP
      • 7 Months Ago
      Too bad it won't ever be offered on this side of pond.
        carguy1701
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CarEnthusiastRTP
        And if it is, it'll be 50-55k. For that kind of money, one can get a Corvette.
          J
          • 7 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Except that this R will DUST the Corvette - especially if a $600 APR Stage I program is added to the R
      grandpa
      • 7 Months Ago
      I followed a VW for a short distance the other evening and have wondered what model it was. As we were in traffic all I could see was the rear. It had dual center exhausts and was painted a black or dark grey matt finish with all the logos also painted over..the rear bumper area was painted glossy red. I'm thinking now that it was an R400 but it looked bigger than a Golf. Is there another "R400" version of some VW making the dealer rounds?
      akahn
      • 2 Months Ago

      Nice

      BigNorm Jackson
      • 7 Months Ago
      Rather wait for the Dart SRT
      taucephei
      • 7 Months Ago
      This thing is crazy, but it will never make it to the USA...
      Greg Monson
      • 7 Months Ago
      nucking futs!
      Mr Sled
      • 7 Months Ago
      It will likely be $50k if it gets to production and reaches the US. If it is $36k, I'm running down to the dealer to put a deposit down. Lol
        Barry Hubris
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Mr Sled
        36k is more Golf R territory now. The GTI Autobahn is 31-32k loaded. 45-50k for 400 HP version still doesn't seem outlandish. If they add in a bit more leather and aluminum/CF inside I think they would be able to move 500-1000 of them a year. I know with that kinda power in that size package, I think I might be willing to drop another 10k for one.
      drpro
      • 7 Months Ago
      Now that's a Golf I wouldn't mind driving
        BigNorm Jackson
        • 7 Months Ago
        @drpro
        Until you see the price, probably can buy a base C7 for what they gonna charge for this!
          Barry Hubris
          • 7 Months Ago
          @BigNorm Jackson
          C7 is a two passenger sports car. The real comp is something like the M3, C63 or RS4. Maybe RS3 (maybe). This is a 4 passenger vehicle that's stupid fast. But not exactly luxury. So it's a bit below the other german luxury brands with stupid fast cars.
          jonnybimmer
          • 7 Months Ago
          @BigNorm Jackson
          This may seem mind-blowing to some, but not everyone wants a C7, no matter how great of a bang-for-the-buck it is.
          Hello, Brian
          • 7 Months Ago
          @BigNorm Jackson
          Maybe, but this will be quicker, rarer, better in inclement weather, probably more comfortable...and you can even carry more than one passenger or put your a set of bikes in it when you want to.
      sccthreeiii
      • 7 Months Ago
      VW USA already stated in a response to a Facebook question on if the R400 will make it to the US that NO it will not. So keep dreaming. Hell, we won't even get a shot at a two door Golf R in 2015. Sucks.
        CarEnthusiastRTP
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sccthreeiii
        Why would you want a 2-door Golf R when the 4-door is easier to use, and looks just as good?
          carguy1701
          • 7 Months Ago
          @CarEnthusiastRTP
          muh weight
          sccthreeiii
          • 7 Months Ago
          @CarEnthusiastRTP
          I just prefer two doors. I have no need for the back two doors. The side pillar is also out of the way in the two door config. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the four door lovers are getting what the want. I just want the two door. :(
          Matt
          • 7 Months Ago
          @CarEnthusiastRTP
          2 door looks sportier and easier to use is a moot point when I'm only driving myself. If I need to haul stuff it's got a hatch... so yeah. Those two extra doors don't do much for me other than weigh more.
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