Bummed about not being one of the first 500 lucky owners of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R hatchback? Well don’t be because later this year (September, to be exact), Volkswagen will be unleashing the production version of the insane Golf R 400, which debuted in 2014 Beijing Auto Show and made its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angles Auto Show. According to an article from CAR Magazine from November of 2014, its reported that the 2.0 liter TSI engine in this super hot hatch will be tuned to produce horsepower between the 400 and 414 marks. If you are interested in reading the full article from CAR Magazine, please click here.
Unlike the concept version of the Golf R 400, the production version of the hot hatch will not be wearing the aggressive and overly exaggerated body kit. Instead, it will continue with the understated look of the regular Golf, GTI and the Golf R. However, to differentiate the Golf R 400 from its less powerful siblings, Volkswagen engineers might add some additional spoilers front and back, a splitter up front and a larger diffuser in the back bumper. For the seventh generation of the Golf, Volkswagen changed the exhaust system setup from dual pipes in the center to twin pipes on both sides. For the Golf R 400, the center mounted dual pipe exhaust setup might return as it was one of the main features out back in the Golf R 400 concept.
The MQB chassis of the Golf R 400 is strengthened to cope with the additional power output. The Volkswagen Golf R 400 will come with bigger brakes on both axles, but as of this writing, it is not clear if Volkswagen will offer carbon ceramic rotors and brake pads as an option. Like the Golf R, the power in the Golf R 400 is routed to all four wheels via a fifth generation Haldex clutch and strengthened six or even seven-speed dual clutch transmission and a traditional six-speed manual transmission..
At this moment, Volkswagen officials have not confirmed the official launch date of the Golf R 400, but there is enough evidence on the internet to state that the production version of this hot hatch will be debuting at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. When it is launched, expect the Volkswagen Golf R 400 to carry a premium in price compared to the Golf GTI or even the Golf R. In the US, the seventh generation Golf R, when fully equipped, retails in the mid $30,000 range, so when it arrives in the US, expect the Golf R 400 to cost somewhere in the low to mid $40,000 range.
In the end, putting 400 horsepower in a hatchback is a crazy idea and because of this reason, I cannot wait to see this car in production form. Now imagine how much cooler it would be if Volkswagen decided to make a wagon version of this beast, too early? I don’t think so.
Information sourced from Volkswagen and CAR Magazine. Images sourced from Volkswagen.