VW Missed the Mark With the Golf R 400 Complex — Volkswagen Golf

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How Volkswagen Slightly Missed the With the Golf R 400

We’re away by the Volkswagen Golf R 400 debuted at the Beijing Auto last week. The fact VW can extract 400 horsepower from 2.0L I4 is nothing short of Yes, we’ve seen kind of power from before, but tuner cars make 200 hp per liter usually destruct pretty quickly. The R 400 is going to production, and it will with a real warranty. the miracle.

This is a relatively family car that can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 and tops out at 174 mph. That’s performance for a dedicated sports but this is a hot hatch, which it the finest of its kinsmen, challenged by the A45 AMG .

It seems like VW might designed an all time great and we think it will be a cult But it could have been so more than that.

going to be a cult classic like the Subaru WRX, the styling exists only in of the A-pillar. The Golf R 400 might be a in sheep’s clothing, but it looks like a sheep in a wolf Although the plain-Jane Golf won’t be much of an obstacle for sales, in the rest of the world, the car shopper would likely it by entirely.

What drives us crazy Volkswagen is that the company has the solution to this problem, and its is Scirocco. When the Scirocco it made a huge splash and a design favorite world-wide, if the VW big wigs didn’t see fit to release the car in the It was when the variants started to that things got weird.

In VW released hotter R versions of the and the Scirocco. Despite being on the same platform, VW only put its all-wheel drive system in the R, making it the clear performance The Scirocco looks like it be the performance winner, and looks it should be the halo car for VW’s offerings, but it was intentionally being behind.

Now the Golf is getting this 400hp drivetrain and the Scirocco is, again, inexplicably being behind. The Scirocco (along the Polo) is the VeeDub that has tie-ins, but it’s not the one that the sportiest updates.

We think the could be a huge success if VW would genuinely invest in it as a icon. VeeDub buyers who a very practical Golf continue to be attracted to the GTI, and a few will want the AWD monster is the Golf R. Sleepers might be but badass looks sell cars and we think the hierarchy look like this to appeal:

Volkswagen Golf


Affordable Car: Golf at

Hot Hatch: GTI at $24,395

Sports 300 hp, AWD Scirocco at $35,000

Halo 400 hp, AWD Scirocco at $45,000 —

The Scirocco’s more aggressive would attract more that the uninspiring Golf would. No matter how impressive it is, going to have a hard selling $35,000 Golfs to It’s the same reason the crashed so hard in the states: few people wanted to drop six on a car that basically just like a Passat. even if it did a 444 hp W12 and a pseudo-Bentley interior. An American buy a distinctive $50,000 sports car 400 horses and AWD, but there are about four people on the who would be interested in, and could a Golf R 400.

It’s sad to see the beautiful Scirocco on the sidelines. Where would you put engine?

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