According to a recent rumor flying off the mill, Volkswagen sources have tipped the press about the Golf R400 project cancellation – which has been given the axe due to the Dieselgate fallout.
No less than two years ago, Volkswagen surprised everyone attending the 2014 Auto China show in Beijing as they unveiled the Golf R400 concept. That one, as the name implies, had 400 horsepower delivered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Given the fan reaction, of course a year later the research and development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser (who is not in that position anymore) revealed the company wants to give a production series model to the public. He even whispered of a power bump to make up for the passing time, with the powertrain sporting 420 hp (309 kW). There were even prototypes caught on camera that were based on the Golf R and could have been related to the R400 project.
Now since Volkswagen is “enjoying” very good times in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal, it appears fans are not getting the hardcore Golf R. Volkswagen already talked months ago about its strategy to cancel or defer all projects that don’t represent a major priority – they would need all the cash they can get to pay for the Dieselgate costs. It appears the development undertaken on the EA888 engine will not go to waste as Audi is rumored to be working on the high-performance version, which may appear later on in one of its models.
Via Automotive News