2016 VW Golf R400 Engine Performance
It’s easy to tell where Volkswagen priorities are set. It seems every week we’re hearing there’s another model that will feature mind-blowing performance that puts the past vehicles to shame. Mostly these are concepts, or limited edition models like the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport which we’ll likely never get our hands on. This time is different. We were first impressed by the 2016 VW Golf R400 engine performance last year when it was revealed as a concept model, but now it seems we have something to be excited about.
When it comes to performance, the engine is obviously the star. The R400 was revealed with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which promised to deliver 395 horsepower, which is 400 PS if you happen to measure in German power units. Combine stellar horsepower with 331 pound-feet of torque and VW was promising a model that could go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Compare this to the 2015 Golf R already on the market, which has 292 horsepower and takes 4.9 seconds to reach 60 mph and, well, we can’t help but be in awe.
Now high performance means a need for more traction, right? Much like the Golf R, the R400 will have 4Motion as standard to accommodate any need for extra traction, though the Haldex coupling does a fine job decoupling the rear axle when extra traction isn’t necessary. Basically, it offers the best of both AWD and front-wheel drive.
For those hoping for a manual transmission, it doesn’t look like your dreams are about to be answered. The good news is the six-speed DSG automatic transmission that will be paired with the more powerful engine has paddle shifters for those who need to be in control of gear shifts. We don’t blame you.
2016 Volkswagen Golf R400 release date and pricing
Since we’re calling it a 2016, you can probably guess we’re expecting the Golf R400 to come out soon. We’ve heard it may be released as early as late this year or the first quarter of next year, though some naysaying bloggers are claiming 2017 or even 2018 model years. It’s already been seen driving around the Nurburgring and we’re confident you’ll be seeing it available soon. Less discussed is the issue of pricing, though it’s likely obvious the starting MSRP will be somewhat above the current Golf R. Our best estimate right now is somewhere in the mid $40,000 range, but we won’t know until closer to release. Start saving up now and we’ll let you know more here at the Volkswagen of Springfield blog as soon as more updates are available.