VW Golf R400 set to rule the Super-Hatches {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

31 Mar 2015

VW showed off their Golf R400 concept at the Beijing Motor Show in 2014, but it mainly just passed by unnoticed as yet another concept car. But we have it on very good authority that the R400 is going to make production in 2015 and take the fight to the Super-Hatch segment, aiming to take the crown.

Sitting above the Golf R in the lineup, the R400 shares its mechanical layout but with the heat turned up. The 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine now puts out a remarkable 395 bhp and 332 lb/ft of torque, which places it at the top of the pack with the AMG A45 producing 355 bhp and the new Audi RS3 just eking it out at 362 bhp. So we can expect the R400 to have exceptional performance, with the 1420 kg kerb weight ( around 100 kg lighter than rivals) it can hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds on the way to a limited 174 mph top speed – simply staggering figures for a family hatchback.

Visually the R400 gets the aggression sorely missing from the Golf GTi and R models, with a deep front bumper and aggressive intakes. There’s a carbon splitter at the front, carbon side sills and a working carbon diffuser at the rear housing two central exhaust pipes. It’s expected that the production car will follow the concept’s styling closely as befits the nature of a more limited-volume car.

Given the more bespoke nature of the R400 the price is expected to be a little higher than rivals, at around £45,000. This may seem expensive, but not a lot else can combine this level of performance, usability and practicality at that price. We look forward to seeing the finished car later this year and will report on it as soon as we can.