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Volkswagen Golf R 400 sounds like it means business (video)

Sun, 08 Jun 2014

The VW Golf R 400 (pictured) on the move in Vienna

The Volkswagen Golf R Concept arrived at the Beijing Motor Show recently, and it looked pretty much production-ready. So it was no huge surprise when we got news that the Golf R 400 is going in to production – although probably in limited numbers with a big price tag – and there seems to be more than a fighting chance it will actually get more than the 395 bhp (400 PS) the concept has.

But even if the R 400 only comes with 395 bhp, it promises to out-do the current hot hatch champion – the Mercedes A45 AMG – with a 0-62mph of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 174mph, with all its power being put down to all four wheels through VW’s 4MOTION.

All that performance is enough to whet the appetite – as is the typically understated VW cosmetic makeover – but now we get an extra dimension – the sound.

The short video clip of the Golf R 400 (below) may not be the car driven in anger – in fact it’s just the R 400 being driven a short distance to be loaded on a truck in Vienna – but its throaty rumble does sound immensely appealing.

Put it all together and, depending on  the price tag VW attach to the R 400, it could easily be the most appealing hot hatch so far.

By Cars UK