Whether or not the greatly anticipated 2015 Volkswagen Golf R 400 makes it to the mean streets of North America or not, it has been reported by several car magazines that it will go into production to become a late-2015 model year entry (somewhere). It is certainly no secret that the Golf, with its better-than-average fuel efficiency, sporty handling and cleanly hewn lines, has been a consumer favorite among environmentally responsible North Americans for decades. Now, with the potential power upgrade (to over 400-horsepower), it could become everybody’s favorite VW.
Using a high-powered variant of the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found in the current Golf, the expert tuners at Volkswagen plan to wring somewhere between 400 and 414-horsepower from the mill using upgraded turbocharger and intercooler technology. A similar version of the engine is currently being developed in the popular Audi TT Sports Quattro concept. Four-paw-crawl (all-wheel drive) will undoubtedly be standard equipment for the new Golf R 400, along with a close ratio six-speed manual transmission. CAR Magazine, a British publication, is reporting that a near production-ready version of the Golf R 400 will be debuted during the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, just prior to the projected late 2015 release date.
While the new Golf R 400 should be produced on the same Wolfsburg assembly line as every other Golf, speculation exists that it will receive subtle improvements in aerodynamic capability, interior and exterior appearance accents, exclusive wheels with speed rated tires, and high-performance brakes (Brembo, maybe?).
Making the assumption that the Golf R 400 would ever become available for sale in the U.S., projections indicate that it would sell for approximately $62,000.