Dieselgate puts Golf R400 on hold

The mighty Golf R400 project has been put on indefinite hold thanks to the financial fallout from Volkswagen’s deiselgate saga. At least that’s the word coming from motoring.com.au. According to the Aussie based website a senior Volkswagen source has confirmed with them that R400 has been “paused” along with “several other projects”. Meanwhile, local deiselgate […]

Golf R400 production to be limited, due in 2017

Thanks to a story emerging from France we can expect the Golf R400/R420 to be based on the facelifted Golf VII. This means we could be waiting until 2017 to see Volkswagen’s hottest ever hot hatch. It’s also suggested the R400 will be built in strictly limited numbers, although we’re not sure how many or […]

An early look at the Golf R400

Here’s an early look at the mighty Golf R400, as seen exiting the Nürburgring. It’s got flared guards. It’s got a beefy oil cooler. It’s got big brakes with drilled rotors. It’s got a big kick arse fixed rear wing. It’s got 400 horsepower. And it’s got out attention! Follow the link below for more […]

An update on the mighty Golf R400

Over the last week or so there’s been some talk about the Golf R400 being signed off for production. This is a good thing, I’m sure you’ll all agree, but it’s not actually new news. It’s over a year ago now that Car and Driver reported that Volkswagen’s powertrain boss Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser told them […]

Mercedes v Volkswagen: Four-cylinder warfare

Mercedes-Benz has returned serve to Volkswagen in the increasingly public battle for four-cylinder supremacy. Recent concepts from Volkswagen and Audi have shown the Volkswagen Group is looking to push beyond the 300kW (400hp) mark with a revised version of its familiar EA888 2.0 litre. Jochen Martin Schmid, AMG Powertrain Development engineer, has boldly stated Mercedes […]

VIDEO: Golf R400 at Wörthersee

The very damn cool GTI Roadster wasn’t the only fancy pants Golf making waves at the Wörthersee show, the very damn cool Golf R400 was also trotted out by Volkswagen’s top brass. Here’s a couple of amateur videos bringing us a little bit closer the most awesomest Golf ever. Nice detail on the exhaust tips, […]

“More than 400 horsepower!”

The recently previewed Volkswagen Golf R400 has us excited. It may have you excited too. Well, get ready to put your super-dooper excitement pants on because Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen’s R&D boss, has been recently quoted as saying the R400, “could make more than 400 horsepower.” Say that again. MORE THAN 400 HORSEPOWER! Adding some credibility […]

Sub-4 sec Golf R400 set to raise hot hatch bar

Every now and then a car maker just says, “F@#k it, you know what, let’s just do it!” We saw that a few years ago when Renaultsport thought plastic windows in a Megane was a good idea. And again when Audi figured a stupidly overpriced limited edition A1 made perfect sense. Now, thanks be to […]

Volkswagen to make 283kW Golf R Evo

Volkswagen’s assault on the upper end of the hot hatch segment has become clearer after word Wolfsburg is planning a more powerful and lighter Golf R model, expected to carry the model designation “Evo”. The current EA888 2.0 litre engine will be developed and modified with a new cylinder head and induction system to produce […]

Volkswagen to ignite hot hatch power war

Mercedes-Benz makes much of the fact its A45 AMG features the most powerful four-cylinder production engine in the world. But that’s all about to change with word Volkswagen is set to trump the output of the hand-built AMG motor. The 2.0 litre turbo in the A45 AMG produces 265kW/450Nm and the lab coats from Wolfsburg […]