Production Volkswagen Golf R400 to be dearer than Audi RS3

Volkswagen Golf R400 concept front quarter

Some juicy details have emerged about the production version of the upcoming Volkswagen Golf R400.

According to French publication, L’Automobile Sportive, the R400 will be based on the facelifted Golf 7, which is due in late 2016. As expected, production will be very limited with a price tag to match. In fact, it will reportedly be even dearer than the closely related Audi RS3 Sportback that is expected to arrive in Australia priced from around $75,000.

While the RS3 produces 270kW and 465Nm from its 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the uber Golf is said to produce up to a colossal 309kW (420 PS) and could receive the “R420” moniker as a result.

Volkswagen Golf R400 concept engine

It isn’t sure at this stage whether Volkswagen will be using the RS3’s five-cylinder engine, or the Golf R’s uprated 2.0-litre TFSI four-cylinder mill. What we know is power will be channeled to all four wheels via Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Its gearbox also remains unclear as Volkswagen has confirmed the concept’s 6-speed DSG transmission isn’t capable of handling the R400’s torque.

With such mighty power, expect the production R400 to dash from 0-100km/h in less than 3.9 seconds.

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