The next-generation Volkswagen Golf Mk8 is long overdue no thanks to the whole Dieselgate fiasco. Now that the Group is slowly getting back on tracks, Volkswagen is looking to revive the Golf R400 concept as a “Golf R Plus” variant for the Mk8.
The Golf R400 concept was first shown back in 2014 and was this close to making to production floors but unfortunately, Dieselgate meant that the 400 hp Golf R project had to be canned.
The Golf R400 concept was originally planned to feature the EA888 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI engine beefed up with motorsport components to produce 400 hp, 100 hp more than the standard Golf R. The specific power output of 200 hp per litre of displacement means the Golf R400 has a power-to-weight ratio of 3.55 hp per kilogramme, allowing the mega hatch to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.
According to AutoCar UK, the next-generation Golf R is expected to feature two variants with a 400 hp+ version as the hotter “Golf R Plus” variant. This strategy is similar to Audis S3 & RS3 and more recently Mercedes-AMGs A 35 & A 45.
Volkswagen Golf R400 Concept