When I first saw the Golf R 400 at the Beijing Auto Show, I was in absolute awe, but I knew that there was no way that the bean counters at VW would permit it to ever reach dealerships. And as I find out all so often, I was wrong. At least that’s according to a report from CAR Magazine.
According to the publication, VW has officially given the super-hatch the go-ahead for production starting in 2015. What’s more, it won’t be some detuned version with a gaudy body kit to make it look like it has 400 horsepower. Nope, it will be as low-key as the concept was, which I love, and will have between 400 and 414 raging, German horses travelling to all four wheels. For those of you who have followed the Golf R 400, you may have noticed that this projected output means that the production model will be even more powerful than the concept. The R 400 concept produced 400 PS (394 horsepower), which means that the production model will have between 6 and 20 more horses than the concept.
The details are still not official, but CAR is reporting that it will cost less than €50,000, which converts to about $62,200. Unfortunately, you can likely forget about heading to your local VW dealer and throwing your money at the nearest sales person to get one, as this will almost certainly be a Europe-only model. We’ll find out more when the production model makes its debut, which CAR claims will be at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
What’s even more awesome about this news is that this is the first car that will be released with the new, high-output, 2.0-liter engine. For those who remember, this engine also saw use in the Audi TT 420 Quattro Sport concept, which some people are saying is the preview for the next-generation TT-RS. This means that even though we will likely not see the Golf R 400, we may see its engine in the U.S. once Audi decides to release the new TT-RS.