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RSS VW Golf R 400 could produce even more than 400 horsepower

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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/sports/" rel="tag">Performance</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/hatchbacks/" rel="tag">Hatchback</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/volkswagen/" rel="tag">Volkswagen</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/rumormill/" rel="tag">Rumormill</a></p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/photos/volkswagen-golf-r-400-concept/#photo-2550312"><img alt="Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept" data-credit="Volkswagen" data-mep="252383" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/64647cdb62babc2f0bb19df4b8575825/200106270/golf-r-400-concept.jpg" /></a><br /><br />When <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/volkswagen/">Volkswagen</a> revealed the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/19/volkswagen-golf-r-400-concept-beijing-official/">Golf R 400 concept</a> at the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/beijing-motor-show/">Beijing Motor Show</a> last month, it emerged as the most extreme version of the hatchback we once called Rabbit since the bonkers <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2007/05/17/worthersee-2007-vw-shows-off-monster-golf-gti-w12-650-concept/">GTI W12-650 concept</a> of 2007. The main difference is that while that 641-horsepower, mid-engined, twelve-cylinder scalding hot hatch was never destined for production, the Golf R 400 is. Only it gets better than that.<br /><br /><em>Car and Driver</em> reports that, at its recent engine symposium in Vienna, Volkswagen R&amp;D chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser indicated that the production version of the Golf R 400 could actually produce more than the 395 hp packed into the concept. Just how much more, we don't know, but considering that VW was already conservatively quoting a 0-62 time of 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 174 mph, we'd guess that, with a DSG and all-wheel drive, the production version could end up running 0-60 in about 3.5.<br /><br />That would leave the 5-second 0-60 time for the current <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/volkswagen/golf+r/">Golf R</a> in the dust and even eclipse the quoted 3.7 0-62 time for the aforementioned GTI W12 as the Golf R 400 moves on to a new category of super hatches.<p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/12/vw-golf-r-400-could-produce-more-power-report/">VW Golf R 400 could produce even more than 400 horsepower</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Mon, 12 May 2014 08:45:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/12/vw-golf-r-400-could-produce-more-power-report/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20883769/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/12/vw-golf-r-400-could-produce-more-power-report/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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