The Next Volkswagen Golf R Might Get 400 HP, Making The World A Much Better Place

Pictured: A 2017 Volkswagen Golf R
Pictured: A 2017 Volkswagen Golf R

We’re living in dark times, my friends, dark times. What do I turn to to make things a little more bearable? Gin, for one. And a giant punch bowl of spaghetti. And maybe 400 horsepower in the form of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf R, if this rumor is true.


Accompanying the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf in about a year will be a fired-up R version, reports Auto Express. It could have 400 HP from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor, all-wheel drive and VW’s dual-clutch gearbox.

Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen’s sales and marketing head told the outlet:

“The R brand is going extreme. The role of R is that it can go beyond the rational; nobody needs a compact car with 400bhp, but is there a place [for it?]. Certainly, and that’s the turf of R.

“With a little more expressive design, R can go beyond the rational side of things. It [the R brand] can find its place in a different league of pure performance and there’s a space where customers are willing to pay a significant amount of money.”


So, he didn’t yes and he didn’t say no, but I’m feeling hopeful today. I choose to hear “yes.”

Four hundred horses would be a significant jump up from the current Golf R’s output, which comes to 292 horsepower. A turned-up Golf R would put it competitively with the Honda Civic Type R, the Ford Focus RS and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45.

I try not to ask for many things in life, but I do ask for this.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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Can we stop with the awful take that is in your article?

Gin is not good it simply isn’t. With so many other good drinks in the world why waste your time with Gin?