Is Volkswagen Really Working On A Golf R420 Mega Hatch?

Last month, a mysterious prototype of the Volkswagen Golf R was spotted testing at the Nurburgring, and more recently, the same car arrived at the German track again.

Rumor has it that it has the same turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine as the Audi RS3 Sportback, which may be tuned to produce 420 PS (414 hp / 309 kW), or an extra 20 PS (19 HP) over the Audi.

If the info turns out to be correct, then the Golf R420 (name unconfirmed) will have 120 PS (118 hp / 88 kW) more than the updated Golf R, which lost 10 PS (10 hp / 7 kW) in order to comply with the new WLTP emission standards.

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More importantly, with all that power channeled to the 4Motion all-wheel drive system, the alleged Golf R420 will become the new mega hatch king in terms of power.

This would allow it to fight against the likes of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45, expected next year with in excess of 400 horses, but it would also pose a threat to the Audi RS3 Sportback – which is why, if it’s indeed approved for production, it might be a limited run.

With an all-new Golf coming next year, it would make sense for VW to send off Golf Mk7 with such a special, though we’re not sure if it would make it faster than the RS3. Moreover, while the latter’s five cylinder would, in theory, fit in the Golf’s engine bay, it’s doubtful the company would go to all that trouble instead of tuning the R’s 2.0-liter four.

Anyway, this is all speculation and guesstimates right now, so we’ll have to wait and see what, if anything, that blue Golf R is hiding. Since the clock is ticking for the Mk7’s demise, something tells us it won’t be long before we find out.


  • Daniela Wolf

    Keep dreaming my racing Golf friends. ^^

  • Matteo Tommasi

    I don’t know what troubles they’re talking about. The A3 is a golf, so the R420 will be an RS3 rebranded

  • Vassilis

    I really hope it happens!

  • Matt

    It’s not important if the model competes with other VAG models, VW will still likely cap production to maintain exclusivity and position it as a ‘limited-edition’ model. Much the same as any other automaker with final editions.

  • Dennis James

    At 420hp and 4WD this could outperform the BMW M2 CS. But the price would also probably be very close to the M2, I don’t see VW selling it at bargain price.


    i thought the car was shelved after dieselgate

  • heavystarch

    That is definitely the 5 cylinder turbo motor from the RS3. The exhaust note is a dead give away. Not only that, but the twin OVAL tailpipes are right off the RS3 so likely the same exhaust canister as well. Most likely will come with DSG only and no manual option.

  • SteersUright

    The Golf R, without an inch of flared bodywork is so unimpressive looking, despite its great performance. Its every bit as boring as the type R is ugly. Can nobody make a sexy, beautiful hot hatch akin to the super Golf concepts VW puts out at times?

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