The German automaker took the wraps off the Golf R 400 Concept almost two years to date and now the rumor mill has caught wind the production version might be on tow for the months to come.
While there’s nothing official yet, during a recent interview Volkswagen’s Head of Global Product Communications quipped “There might be a surprise coming” for the company’s celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the ubiquitous Golf GTI. Dominik Hoberg continued the hints and said the “surprise” will bring something fast to the table that may very well appear as soon as May or June. This is not really something to go about but the timing sounds just about right for official model introductions during the Wörthersee or the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Golf R 400 was first showcased at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, and packed an aggressive body kit and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 400 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
Keeping in check the power were the responsibilities of the six-speed DSG transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive system – and performance was top notch: 62 mph (100 km/h) obtained in 3.9 seconds and an electronically governed maximum speed of 174 mph. Rumors so far talk about VW packing instead the updated version of Audi RS3’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with a power bump to about 420 hp.