Volkswagen has announced they are close to green-light a production version of the Golf R400 concept.
It was almost a year ago when Volkswagen impressed with its Golf VII R-based R400 concept at Auto China in Beijing and immediately rumors emerged about a potential series production. Now, the company's technical chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser says the vehicle is currently undergoing "conceptual work and we're in front of a decision to produce it."
He went on to specify "we have a good prospect to do it" and if made, the production car is going to be similar to last year's concept. In other words, expect to see a beefy three-door Golf weighing somewhere in the region of 1,420 kg (3,130 lbs) like the concept which had a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo engine sourced from the Golf R but upgraded to deliver a massive 400 HP (294 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft), thus making it 100 HP & 70 Nm more powerful.
Developed by Volkswagen's R division, the concept had a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system receiving power from a six-speed DSG transmission which granted the Golf R400 concept with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 3.9 seconds (1s quicker than Golf R). While the donor car tops out at an electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h), the concept will do a limited 174 mph (280 km/h).