Next Volkswagen Golf R Plus to get 400 hp – report

Next Volkswagen Golf R Plus to get 400 hp – report

There is hope for an even more potent Golf R variant yet, as the Volkswagen R performance vehicles division has resumed development efforts for a near-400 hp version that could sit atop the range, according to Autocar. Dubbed the Golf R Plus, this will be based on the forthcoming eighth-generation hatchback that will go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG A45 and the Audi RS3.

Previously, the hot Golf was initially presented as the R400 Concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, which then surfaced as a running development vehicle the following year. It then fell as one of numerous Dieselgate casualties the next year, before returning as an even more potent R420 (pictured, above) the year after that.

The Golf R Plus has not been officially approved for production, although Autocar has been told that it has the support of CEO Herbert Diess. Company officials also confirmed to the website that a styling proposal for the variant has been completed, and will appear more aggressive than the ‘standard’ Golf R with wider front wings and front track. With the Mk8 Golf set to be a five-door only, this will be the sole bodystyle for the Golf R and Golf R Plus.

Golf R400 Concept (left) and an early development car (right).

The forthcoming hot hatch will supposedly rely on hardware and technology from the seventh-generation Golf R400 concept as well as from the Volkswagen Motorsport-developed Golf TCR racer. The report adds that the currently unofficial model is being developed alongside the standard MK8 Golf R at the automaker’s Braunschweig, Germany research and development headquarters.

Volkswagen insiders have been quoted as saying that the forthcoming hot hatch will be ‘the most extreme and powerful Golf yet’, with its potential performance likely to build upon the 3.9-second 0-100 km/h time and 278 km/h top speed of the original R400. “We’re looking at introducing a new ‘halo’ performance model that would offer a level of performance beyond that of the next Golf R,” a source said.

The heart of the forthcoming top Golf is a heavily tuned iteration of the EA888 four-cylinder turbo petrol which produces 300 PS in the Mk7.5 Golf R following a retune for WLTP compliance; Malaysian-market models get 290 PS. Like those that have gone before it, the Golf R Plus will be all-wheel-drive.

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • This kind of car is suitable for first world countries not here….

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    • Lao Yee on Apr 09, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      My first reaction for this comment was “what’s that point means?”. 2nd thought “hmm..perhaps majority Malaysia should consider this as a vision towards The First World Country” and final thought.. Yea, you’re right, the reaction from Paultan’s readers mostly excited when Honda launch their HRV or Civic and Toyota launch its Camry. I get your point now lol

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  • anonymous on Apr 08, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Joke of the year, a performance street car with a electronic parking brake.

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  • r..r plus..whats next? r plus limited edition? r plus nurburgring? stop nonsense naming.

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  • Azman Kurt on Apr 08, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Reskinned Audi RS3 Sportback? That car is already at 400bhp.

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  • Hafiz on Apr 08, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    My Suprima S easily can beat this trash golf..

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