Volkswagen Golf R 400 production to be very limited, priced above Audi RS3 for exclusivity – report

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The Golf R400 concept is one of the most eagerly-awaited hot hatches on the calendar. Rumoured to be unveiled in 2017, L’ Automobile Sportive is speculating that the production of this prized hatch will be very limited, and it’ll will be rather pricey too.

It is believed to be even more expensive than the Audi RS3 Sportback , which in Germany, starts at €52,700 (RM221,045). The production car will receive the R420 moniker as there are theories that suggest the output will be tweaked to 420 PS. The permutations that revolve around its powerplant seem to focus on an upgraded version of the four-cylinder, 2.0litre TFSI engine rather than the RS3’s five-cylinder, 2.5 litre motor.

Nonetheless, like a standard Golf R, a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system should still be featured, but the identity of the gearbox remains a mystery that is shrouded in secrecy. It is said that Volkswagen’s standard six-speed DSG will not be able to handle the 450 Nm of torque that could be on offer. Thus, it should either have a manual ‘box or the high-performance seven-speed (wet) dual-clutch transmission in tow.

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Just as a reference point, the Golf R400 concept’s performance figures were already pretty stratospheric, with a 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and an electronically-restricted top speed of 280 km/h. So, expect the production version’s performance to absolutely surpass these figures.

If all goes well, this searing hot hatch could make the Audi RS3 and the Mercedes-AMG A 45 look rather tame in comparison. We simply can’t wait for this absolutely ferocious hatchback to be unveiled.

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept

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Anil Prabha

Anil Prabha has always been a petrol head. He also has a strange knack for remembering car models and their respective registration plates. Naturally aspirated engines are always better than turbocharged or supercharged ones, in his opinion. Ultimately, he believes that there is nothing better in life than just going for a drive.



  • alldisc on Jul 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    at 400bhp, this is not hot hatch territory anymore… this is super hatch – with ability to smoke some sport cars.

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    • VW_rocks on Jul 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Is very exciting how fast it can goes …

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    • 400HP can considered as sport car

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      • dugongx on Jul 27, 2015 at 4:40 pm

        Sport car? Even ah beng in his vios TRD thinks its a sports car.

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        • brokenvw on Jul 27, 2015 at 8:41 pm

          So for how long it will stay in SC after 1 years?

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          • RazifGti on Jul 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

            Long enough for you to cry about how you could not afford one

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          • Joker on Jul 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

            The car not even release yet you can tell it will go in sc after a year. Like your car never go to sc for normal servicing.

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        • Not Same L0rrr on Jul 29, 2015 at 4:07 pm

          Joke, u use ah beng’s vios TRD with 109hp compared to this 400hp monster?

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  • kington on Jul 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    The rims remind me of Michelin’s Tweel tyre.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Jul 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    If ABT can tune the S3 to 400ps, they would be able to tune the RS3 to easily reach above 450ps with its bigger 2.5l engine. You can never have enough firepower…

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  • Bah! They should just use passat’s 7 speed GB in this. They they will see if their customers still like to use it.

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  • audi RS3….audi A3….all based on VW group MQB chasis, basically they are the same

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  • What about the Golf R with the 240hp TDI bi-turbo diesel?

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