Is A 400-Horsepower Golf On Its Way?
According to a source from within, it could well be.
The most recent generation of hot-hatchbacks have seemingly gone power-crazy with cars such as the 400bhp Audi RS3 and the reportedly upcoming 415bhp Mercedes AMG A45S. In fact, they are so impressive, they have broken away from the pack creating their own category, the hyper-hatchbacks.
Audi RS3 Saloon and Hatch
Until now, VW has managed to keep itself from ruining the Golf with such a ludicrous amount of power with a range-topping Golf R at just 306bhp. This is surely about to change soon though as reports from inside the company say a new and improved Golf R is on its way.
After officially dismissing rumours of the model, someone working for VW has told Autocar that a “Golf R plus” is being developed alongside the eighth generation Golf R. It will reportedly feature similar components as the R400 concept shown off at Beijing in 2014 and the racecar used for the TCR series.
The 2014 Golf R400 concept
If these claims are in fact true, the car would be powered by a tuned version of Volkswagen Group’s EA888 petrol engine. We could therefore expect the car to have up to 400 horsepower. Furthermore, with such power almost certainly comes the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Similar to the Focus RS and upcoming A45 AMG, this would allow the car to feature a “drift mode”. Finally, the same 7-speed dual clutch gearbox as the Golf R is the most likely solution.
With everything in consideration, Autocar claims a 0-60mph time of 3.9-seconds and a top speed of 174mph. This would be enough for the model to compete with many supercars. The price for all this will surely be in the region of the Audi RS3 at around £45k.
Although the project is yet to be given the official go-ahead, chairman of the VAG board Herbert Diess has given it his backing. You would think it’s only a matter of time until we start to see the car up close and personal. Until then, Autocar has drafted up some renders of what the future “most extreme Golf” could look like.
A render of the Golf R Plus by Autocar Magazine
Today, it seems all hot-hatches are moving towards insane power output figures and 4-wheel-drive systems. This is becoming more and more upsetting as the true spirit of the hot-hatch is being lost. In fact, they should be front-wheel-drive, manual cars with no-more than about 250 horsepower. They are leaving the young driver behind with excessive prices and their cost to run and insure.