Volkswagen Golf R 400 Confirmed for Production

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Volkswagen Golf lineup is about to become considerably more exciting with the addition of a model with 395 hp.

Making its debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, the Volkswagen Golf R 400 (for 400 metric horsepower) will be built according to Volkswagen research and development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser. Under the hood of the hot hatch is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine churning out 395 hp, allowing it to sprint from 0-62 mph (100 km.h) in 3.9 seconds. What’s even more exciting is that the German automaker will strip Mercedes-Benz and AMG of its claim to having the world’s most powerful production four-cylinder engine (355 hp) with the production of the VW Golf R 400.

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Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether or not the Golf R 400 will make it to the U.S. But given how power-hungry American drivers are, it might be advantageous for VW to bring it to North America. It’s also now that VW is turning the tuned EA888 engine to a production unit that the powerplant could be appear in Audi models.

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[Source: Car and Driver]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • GoFastOrGoHome GoFastOrGoHome on Apr 21, 2014

    Now THAT'S the kind of engine i've been saying is possible for the last 6 months with all these wimpy 4cyl turbos being recycled in small cars. I was flamed for bashing the WRX and STI turbo boxer engines, the velocter turbo engine, and the wimpy NA BRZ/FR-S (which i call the BR-S or FRZ) 4cyl. The GM (european-developed) Ecotec II LNF and its replacement Ecotec III LTG engines are examples of what's possible with a 4cyl turbo setup when someone actually wants real performance (290HP/340+ tq with dealer-installed, GM-warrantied tune, that should have been a factory option). The LNF engine is now 8 years old and is still one of the best production 4cyl engines ever made...and VW has finally updated/improved/redsigned it's 2L turbo to show what is possible such a small displacement. I hope this becomes a production engine. the Mark VI GTI's 2.0 is under-rated by VW at 200HP (probably closer to 230 irl) but it was still wimpy compared to what was possible with a larger turbo and intercooler, direct injection, and other modernizations. Hopefully this appears in a future -R or becomes an option soon enough.