You may recall the Volkswagen Golf R400 concept, which first bowed at Auto China in Beijing somewhere around a year ago. Graced with 4Motion all-wheel drive, a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, and an otherworldly 400+ HP 2.0-liter turbo-four, it’s the Golf variant that makes us feel a-okay about playing god.
Well, according to CAR Magazine, the Volkswagen Golf R400 has been green-lit for production. As-in: it’s a-comin’, so hold onto your butts.
This is, in fact, our second confirmation of the super-VW’s imminent arrival – though the first turned out to be premature. CAR reports that the Volkswagen Golf R400 was confirmed to them by none other than VAG Head of Powertrain Development Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, who told the magazine that the Golf will soon be “more sporty than ever before, since we soon will have the Golf R400 – we will do this car. We are in fact in development of it right now.”
Tingles. The Volkswagen Golf R400 may even produce more than the 400 HP alluded to by its name, as the same EA888 engine in the Audi TT420 concept makes – you guessed it – 420 metric horsepower, or about 414 in American horses.
(American horses are generally stronger on account of all the protein shakes.)
There was some question in the past regarding whether the Volkswagen Golf R400 would be sent to the US if produced, but Dr. Neusser cleared that up earlier in the month, telling Autoblog that yes, if built, the R400 would reach North American shores. The smart money says that this is indeed the case, seeing as all pre-orders of the previous hot hatch king, the VW Golf R, ran out within 11 hours of becoming available.
Consequently, if the 400+ HP Volkswagen Golf R400 were made available to a hot hatch-hungry American public, you can bet it’d be a hit in the showroom.