It’s been more than two years since Volkswagen first showed off the Golf R400 concept, a 400 hp special edition of the Golf R. Then, just a few months ago, VW announced that not only were they going to put it into production, but they would also be renaming it the Golf R420. Because 420 hp, that’s why! Just to be clear, that’s exactly double the power of the standard Golf GTI, from the same 2.0-liter engine. And they were actually going to build it! But it was all too good to be true. Sadly, we’re here to tell you today that the VW Golf R400 and VW Golf R420 have been canceled.
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VW Golf R400, aka VW Golf R420
The Golf R400 starts with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that’s in the Golf GTI, but pushes it to a supercar-level 400 hp. That’s a neat-and-tidy 200 hp per liter. By the time Volkswagen was ready to announce production, the engineers had achieved an even better feat. By raising the power even further, to 420 hp, they had doubled the output of the engine they started with.
What’s the problem?
So why won’t VW release such an awesome car for sale? (I’d buy one if I had the money sitting around!) Apparently, the chief of research and development retired, and the super-high-performance 2.0-liter engine project was given to Audi, another division of Volkswagen. That means we may see some 400+ hp 2.0-liter Audi models coming out soon, but no Golf R420.
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What’s next for the Golf R?
Since the R400/R420 project revealed so much more potential in store for the Golf R, we have to wonder what’s next. First and foremost, we know the next Golf R will have more power. Maybe not 420 hp, but more than 292 hp. Next, we know from the work they’ve done on the Golf GTI Clubsport S that VW engineers can put the Golf R on a diet and make it lose up to 300 pounds. That alone would raise the performance bar big-time. Stay tuned.