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Mike Stevens | Apr, 25 2015 | 12 Comments

Volkswagen’s tough Golf R 400 concept has now been given a green light for production, according to UK magazine Car, and it may be packing even more power by the time it hits showrooms.

Revealed early last year, the R 400 concept came with a meaty 295kW from Volkswagen’s EA888 2.0 litre turbo engine - a huge leap beyond the 220kW it produces in the regular Golf R and a good chunk more than the AMG A 45’s 265kW.

But, just as AMG boss Tobias Moers has already spoken of plans to boost the A 45’s outputs, so too is Volkswagen understood to be working on an even meaner tune for the R 400’s production evolution.

Speaking with Car, Volkswagen powertrain boss Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser said “we will do this car, we are in fact in development of it right now”.

According to the report, a key part of that development is to bump power by another 20hp, to 420hp, or 313kW.

Not a massive leap beyond the concept’s 309kW, but surely enough to have rivals quaking.

The extra-hot hatch is also expected to maintain the general styling direction of its concept progenitor, although some elements are likely to be toned down a little.

Braking hardware will get a significant upgrade though, to match the extra muscle under the bonnet.

As for debut timing, the R 400 (or R 420) is expected to make its global premiere at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Stay tuned for more coverage as that date draws near.

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