It looks like Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal has now further affected its future plans. Those who have been eagerly awaiting for the arrival of the Golf R 400 will be disappointed to know that the project has been canned.

At the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, Volkswagen rolled out the Golf R 400 concept, which packed a 2.0 litre TSI engine similar to the one found on the Mk7 GTI and R. Infused with some of the Polo WRC’s racing DNA, the powerplant churned out 400 PS and 450 Nm. Quite a recipe at the time.

Following its introduction, previous Volkswagen research and development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser confirmed that the Golf R 400 will make it to production. Development test mules spotted testing soon after were strong indicators that the hot hatch is indeed on the way.

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However, following the fallout of the diesel emissions scandal, Neusser vacated his position, resulting the in the manic R 400 project to be cancelled, according to company insiders. However, the R 400 team’s efforts won’t go to waste.

The same sources told Automotive News that Audi is still working on an ultrahigh-performance version of the EA888 engine that should have made it into the R 400, which will likely be offered in future Audi models. Whether said mill will hit the 400 PS mark, remains to be seen.

With the R 400 project cancelled, Volkswagen is re-evaluating its plans for the Golf R (currently the most powerful Golf you can buy). The eighth-generation model is expected to be launched after 2020, and could follow the current generation’s formula, with the added benefit of lightweight materials and slightly higher power output. So long R 400, a car that almost existed.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept