Earlier this year, Volkswagen rolled out a super-Golf – dubbed the R 400 – and blew everyone’s mind away. Before them was a Volkswagen Golf which possessed power levels completely unheard of in the hot-hatch circle. Just how much, you ask? Try 400 hp and 450 Nm of torque from a 2.0 litre TSI engine.

Unfortunately, Volkswagen had announced that the car was only a concept – perhaps an engineering exercise – and that there were no plans to put it into production. Until now. According to a report by Car magazine, the Volkswagen Golf R 400 has been given the go-ahead for production.

The production version will likely employ the 2.0 litre TFSI EA888 engine, seen earlier in the TT quattro sport concept. In this state of tune, the engine is said to develop 420 hp and 450 Nm of torque. All that power will be transferred to the road via a Haldex-based 4Motion AWD system and a six-speed DSG gearbox.

Performance figures are enough to give most supercars a headache with the concept recording just 3.9 seconds for the 0-100 km/h sprint while top speed is likely to be electronically limited to 250 km/h. Naturally, an uprated suspension and braking system will be drafted in to cope with the added power.

Though Volkswagen has yet to officially confirm the news, word on the street is that the finished article – rumoured to cost less than €50,000 (RM208,378) – is scheduled to make its public debut late next year, with deliveries set to commence in the year 2016.