Scorching VW Golf R400 Concept to make production

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Volkswagen Golf R400 Concept

Hot hatch fans rejoice: Volkswagen has confirmed that its madcap Golf R400 Concept will be turned into a production model.

Speaking to Car Magazine, the German brand's powertrain boss Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser announced the new range-topping performance model would likely join the range by the end of the year.

"We have made the Golf more sporty than ever before, since we soon will have the Golf R400 - we will do this car,' he said. "We are in fact in development of it right now."

First unveiled in April last year, the R400 Concept boasts a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine developing 395bhp. However, it is thought a production model could boast as much as 420bhp.

Mated to a four-wheel-drive system and a six-speed manual gearbox, VW claims the Concept is capable of cracking the 0-62mph sprint in under four seconds, and with such a surfeit of power, there's no reason to suggest the showroom version won't be capable of this supercar-rivalling turn of speed either.

When it arrives, the new model is set to silence hot hatch rivals, amongst which a horsepower war has been brewing, with the latest crop of premium five-doors boasting from the likes of BMW and Mercedes boasting well over 300bhp.

Expect the new model to boast beefed-up suspension and brakes to cope with its added performance potential. Visually, however, the R400 is likely to follow Volkswagen's subtle take on go-faster styling, with discrete splitters and spoilers chosen over aggressive gaping air intakes and a huge rear wing.

Car reports that the new model is likely to get its public unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show in September, with the first deliveries expected towards the end of the year. No word on cost yet, but a starting price of under £40,000 has been mooted.