VW will again up the ante in the Hot Hatch wars with the hugely powerful Golf R400. Given that this super hot version of the Golf is still far from production it’s fortunate that a test version has been seen in the wild.
The concept version of this Golf broke at the Beijing Motor Show late last year, upon release the Golf R400 will be the most powerful hot hatch to ever be produced straight from the factory.
The R400 will feature a far stronger and beefed up version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo used in the current top model the Golf R, this far more powerful version is rumoured to be available early in 2016.
This prototype clearly looks like a Golf R, however pay close attention and you’ll notice much larger brakes lurking behind the massive alloy wheels. A wider track and different rear spoiler also point to the additional power hiding under the bonnet.
Assuming the production version follows on from the concept you can expect VW to extract another 100 ponies from the current 300 ponie 2.0 litre powerplant which will feature as a bare minimum new pistons, increased turbo pressure and a larger intercooler system to ensure the turbo is cooled correctly along with a new exhaust system to ensure it can breath as well. The only other alternative to this is VW could potentially drop in the 2.5 Litre RS3 engine as it’s a straightforward drop in due the Gold sharing the same MQB platform with the RS3. The one thing that will surely remain is the R models four wheel drive system which will be essential in the power delivery alongside with DSG only gearbox for this model.
The combination of all wheel drive via the DSG gearbox is expected to give the car a sub 4 second 0-62 time with a top speed in excess of 170 mph.
At this time we await Volkswagen to confirm if the R400 will be produced in large number or a limited production run and to confirm pricing. The eventual production model is expected to break cover at at Frankfurt later this year.
It remains to be seen how the like of Ford and Renault respond to this monster hot hatch and as to if they will make moves to build competing versions of the Focus & Megane models respectively.
The world awaits a new level of Hot Hatch wars.