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Is A 400-Horsepower Golf On Its Way?

According to a source from within, it could well be.

1y ago

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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

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

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

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.

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Comments (32)

  • Let them make both, an old fashion GTI and blistering 400hp GTI. I would buy them both😌

      1 year ago
  • I would imagine they have to try and outgun Ford at some point.

      1 year ago
  • I dont have a gti, but I have a tdi. I also have a hatch with awd, and I prefer the torqe of the tdi for getting around the city, the hatch with awd is more fun to drive around twisty roads. We have snow here for 6 months and the awd is great for that 6 months. My .02

      1 year ago
  • The opposition to this is funny considering everyone lost their minds with the focus RS

      1 year ago
    • Personally, I've never been a fan of the newest focus RS. the AWD kills it for me

        1 year ago
  • I always think of the golf r owner as an idiot, paying more money for the 'r' badge and maybe different wheels and minimal styling difference over a gti...

      1 year ago
    • It does have more power but it isn't particularly usable power 😂

        1 year ago
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