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Volkswagen had showcased the R400 as a concept in 2014, and it was supposed to lead to a production model known as the R420. This would have been the fastest and most powerful Golf to ever roll of the production line, with some 420 horsepower, but the whole program was axed before production could even start. The closest we’ve come to the R400 or R420 is the Golf R Performance Pack, and someone has decided to put it to the test.

This Golf Is Fast!

In this video, the Automann-TV team took a facelifted Golf R for some sprints and recorded all the stats and figures in a data logger. The hot hatch took just 4.6 seconds to touch 62 mph from a standstill, 12.1 seconds from 62 mph to 124 mph, and 16.7 seconds to run from naught to 124 mph, before topping out at 163 miles per hour.

What Is This Performance Pack?

The Euro-spec Golf R, equipped with the Performance Pack, included the optional Akrapovic exhaust system made from titanium, which is 15.4 pounds lighter than the stock exhaust.

The exhaust note automatically changes its tune depending on the chosen driving mode.

The 2.0-liter TSI engine produces 306 ponies, but the WLTP cycle forced it to be reduced by ten horses. The Pack also offers lighter brakes and various subtle aerodynamic tweaks, like a different roof-mounted spoiler, for that extra downforce.


Had the Golf R420 with Audi’s RS3’s 2.5-liter, five-cylinder, turbocharged engine made it to production, these numbers would’ve been bested. But, being a niche model, Volkswagen decided to concentrate on other priorities. Recently a Golf R prototype with Audi RS-esque oval exhaust tips was spotted at the Nürburgring, but it’s probably best not to hold your breath for now.

Further reading

2014 Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R.

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