Production model likely headed to Wörthersee or the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Nothing is official but Volkswagen's Head of Global Product Communications told Drive, "There might be a surprise coming" as the company is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI. Dominik Hoberg went on to suggest the "surprise" will be something fast and will be unveiled in May or June. That's not much to go on but it suggests the model will debut at Wörthersee or the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Originally unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, the Golf R 400 concept featured an aggressive body kit and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 400 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The engine was connected to a six-speed DSG transmission and a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system which enabled the car to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 174 mph.
It remains unclear what engine will be used in the production model but reports have suggested it could eschew the 2.0-liter four-cylinder for an upgraded version of the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that resides in the Audi RS3. There have also been rumors about a performance boost which bring the total output to around 420 hp.