The eagerly awaited Golf R400 was recently spotted exiting the Nurburging but courtesy of BridgetoGantry.com here are some pictures of this beast being tested to its limits on track:

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As I said in my recent article 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.

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.

 

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