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.