There will be a Volkswagen Golf R400, and guilt is the fraud of emissions in the TDI engines
Bad news for fans of high-performance car. According to Automotive News reports, Volkswagen has canceled the development of the Golf R400. Which would have been the most powerful Volkswagen Golf production of all time and more powerful compact sport has fallen victim of cuts and dismissals of key personnel. Everything is a result of the scandal known as Dieselgate, fraud in the approval emissions 11 million TDI engines. But it is all lost?
The Volkswagen Golf R400, canceled
Volkswagen introduced the Golf R400 Concept two years ago at the Beijing Motor Show. All babeábamos at the prospect of one Golf-wheel drive and 400 horsepower, destined to be the king of a segment where the last five years have been a bitter war power. Based around a high performance version propeller EA888 with 200 hp / liter specific power and the latest generation of Haldex AWD system it would have been the flagship of compact sportiness of the Volkswagen Group.
There was talk of a Golf R420, whose engine had reached 420 hp. A record for two-liter engines production, which would have been the martyrdom of the Mercedes-AMG to 45. It was the Fetish project Heinz-Jakob Neusser, head of research and development of Volkswagen, and one of the main accomplices in the inclusion of defeat device used to falsify emissions of TDI engines. After his dismissal, the project was beheaded, according to the publication, it has been canceled.
A real shame, because there was talk of an imminent presentation, and indeed, they came to see pre-series cars rolling in Nürburgring. But all is not lost, because the development of this EA888 not fall into oblivion. This engine will be used in the future for high-performance Audi vehicles, Although the news does not explain what. In addition, it has just introduced a new 2.5 TFSI engine with 400 hp aluminum for the Audi TT RS. The source also speaks to use in the current generation of Golf R, with a capacity of at least 350 hp.
It is part of a special high-performance version. Has anyone ever told Volkswagen Golf R Clubsport? Given the success of the GTI and its latest version Clubsport S, I do not see it at all far-fetched.
Source: Automotive News