It was almost six years ago when Volkswagen took the Beijing Motor Show by storm with the unveiling of the R400 concept. It was supposed to evolve into a production model based on the facelifted Golf Mk7 with around 420 horsepower. However, it never happened as VW pulled the plug to cut non-essential expenditures to better face the costly Dieselgate. While the seventh-generation Golf never got the high-powered version it deserved, the Mk8 is expected to come with a minor output boost as a recent leak signals the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will have close to 330 hp.
A report from Dutch magazine Autovisie indicates VW initially had other plans for the new Golf R as the peeps from Wolfsburg wanted to cram in Audi’s five-cylinder engine. When VW asked Audi if they could use the 2.5-liter TFSI engine, the high-ranked officials from Ingolstadt politely denied, according to “one of the parties involved.”