Volkswagen considering production Golf R400

Volkswagen considering production Golf R400

Super-hot hatchback with 395bhp could be put into production if VW can manage the cost of building it

Volkswagen insiders have confirmed there is a desire within the company to put the potent Golf R400 concept into production – but only if “cost implications to the engineering changes” can be overcome.

The R400, a 395bhp all-wheel-drive hot hatch based on the Golf R, was seen at the Beijing motor show last month. It has a highly tuned 2.0-litre turbo engine and six-speed manual gearbox.

The main production challenge is understood to come from finding a gearbox suitable to handle the R400’s 332lb ft torque output. VW also wants an automatic option to give the model greater global appeal. The Golf R’s six-speed DSG ’box is only rated for torque loads of up to 280lb ft.

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