Last month Motrolix told you about the Volkswagen Golf R 400 show car that appeared at the Auto China 2014 show in Beijing, which packed a 395-horse 2.0-liter turbo-four. Volkswagen has confirmed that the car will make production, and now they’re saying it may have even more horsepower than the concept car.
Car & Driver magazine reports that Volksagen’s R&D chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser revealed at a Vienna engine symposium that this GTI-cubed “could make more than 400 horsepower.” C&D reasons that since the comment was made in front of VW supervisory board chief Ferdinand Piech and VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, it is likely true. Imagine—the best of the sporty hatches with a high-winding turbo-four putting out the kind of horsepower a 5.0 V8 Mustang does and harnessed by VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch automatic transmission. Can you say 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, perhaps?
It’s amazing in this day and age how many cars can hit the 0-60 sprint in under four seconds. To think that this kind of performance comes from a vehicle whose lineage can be traced to the Golf/Rabbit from almost 40 years ago is amazing.