I wrote a while ago how the hot hatchback wars of the 1980’s and 90’s had come back with vengeance. You see, whilst people don’t have lots of money to spend on big expensive cars, the fast practical hatch becomes a very viable alternative to have some fun on the way to work. The battling brands of Renault, VW, Ford, and Seat have been locked in a game of oneupmanship for years now, all hoping to become THE hot hatch kingpin. With Honda’s new Civic Type-R not far away, Volkswagen has gone a bit… Rambo. Volkswagen Golf R400 Hottest Hatch EVER!
Todays very best hot hatchbacks seem to constantly push the power envelope. Around 300BHP has become the benchmark, but in Beijing VW have unveiled something of a monster. This is the Volkswagen Golf R400 and it produces a staggering 395BHP! That is an astonishing level of grunt to put in something the size of a Golf. 0-62MPH is blitzed in just 3.9 seconds and it will go on to do 190MPH. This little machine is a supercar in disguise! All of this potential comes from a 2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine. Inside the interior has a more aggressive racing theme to it but retains all five seats.
Better than all of those numbers is the fact that at the end of the day it is still a VW Golf and so is practical and reliable. Officially the Volkswagen Golf R400 is a concept car, but it could well see production in limited numbers.