Volkswagen Kills the Golf R 400, You Can Blame Dieselgate

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Good news is hard to come by in Volkswagen land, and today is just another one of those days.

The German automaker is killing off its ultra hot Golf R 400, even though it was confirmed for production about a year ago after VW continued to flip-flop on the car’s production. The move is likely due to the impending costs of the diesel emissions scandal.

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But this news does come with a silver lining. According to Automotive News, Audi engineers are still working on the high-performance engine that was supposed to power the Golf R 400, so it’s likely it will be offered in future VW Group vehicles.

The engine was a high-output turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that will make around 400 hp (hence the 400 in the R 400 name) and would have been able to get the hot hatch from zero to 62 mph in around 3.9 seconds. The hatch was meant to slot in above the already performance-oriented Golf R, which is likely to benefit from some of the R&D that went into the cancelled R 400. The current Golf R has 292 hp, and the next-gen R due out in 2020 is expected to lose a lot of weight and get a power increase.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • smartacus

    400HP TT-RS will keep us warm ITMT.

  • Rocket

    The last report I read indicated the car would use a version of the TT RS’ turbo five. The unique 5-pot would have been both easier to build and more desirable to own. Pity it’s dead.