Volkswagen chief of R&D Heinz-Jakob Neusser declared recently the Golf R 400 production version "could make more than 400 horsepower."

Volkswagen chief of R&D Heinz-Jakob Neusser declared recently the Golf R 400 production version "could make more than 400 horsepower."

Last month at the Beijing Motor Show in China we saw Volkswagen's rather radical Golf R 400, a concept which based on a recent report will see the light of production day. There's actually more to this story as Volkswagen's head of research and development Heinz-Jakob Neusser said this week at the Vienna engine symposium in Austria the range-topping Golf "could make more than 400 horsepower."

The company's supervisory board chief Ferdinand Piech and VW CEO Martin Winterkorn participated at the symposium so needless to say Neusser was very serious when he made the statement. This means the current flagship Golf R will be dethroned by a super Golf pumping out more than the concept's 400 PS (294 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft).

The uprated 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine will work most likely with a 6-speed DSG transmission and a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Volkswagen said the concept can do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and an electronically-capped top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h) but the production car could be even faster than that as a result of the added power.