Volkswagen Golf R420 spotted testing at the Nurburgring
If you’re unfamiliar with the Golf R420, allow me to introduce you. For unlike the stillborn Golf R400 that forced as much as possible out of the standard car’s 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder, the R420 uses the 2.5L turbo 5-cylinder engine usually found in the Audi RS3, turned up slightly to produce 414bhp. What you’re looking at here then is a Golf R with just as much power as a first generation Audi R8!
The R420 first appeared testing during the September of 2017, and to be honest, a layer of confusion has always been present as to its purpose. The R400’s demise came about thanks to the Volkswagen emissions scandal, with Volkswagen viewing it as merely collateral damage thanks to the RS3 which occupied a near identical niche. With the R420 using a slightly more potent version of the RS3’s engine, a production version would appear to go against Volkswagen’s previous logic.
After 13 months of silence, the R420 appeared doing Nurburgring laps once again, this time during the Scuderia Hanseat drivers’ course. Why it would appear at an event dedicated to driver tuition is truly baffling - but the car’s WOB CB 242 numberplate clearly identifies it as the R420, as does the noise shooting out of the back.
Could a Golf R420 make it to production? It would be possible, perhaps as a way of saying goodbye to the MK7 Golf before next year’s MK8 arrives. If it were to be produced, I think there’s no denying it would be a big hit. But the voice of reason in me says that it isn’t really all that likely.
But now I want to ask you guys: do you think the Golf R420 will make it to production? And what do you think it was doing during the Scuderia Hanseat at the Nurburgring? Let me know in the comments.
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