The R400 concept car was unveiled in 2014 and it looks like the project to build a 300kW Golf is back on track again. Picture: NETCARSHOW
The R400 concept car was unveiled in 2014 and it looks like the project to build a 300kW Golf is back on track again. Picture: NETCARSHOW

Rumours have surfaced again that VW may introduce a 300kW super Golf that comprehensively outmuscles the range’s current performance king, the 228kW Golf R.

It would give VW a car to take on the likes of the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45 in the compact high-performance league.

Autocar claims a Golf R Plus derivative based on the next-generation Golf, which is expected to be revealed later in 2019, has the backing of VW CEO Herbert Diess.

“We’re looking at introducing a new ‘halo’ performance model that would offer a level of performance beyond that of the next Golf R,” a VW insider reportedly told Autocar, alleging that this model will be the “most extreme and powerful Golf yet”.

Power would most likely come from a seriously tweaked version of VW’s existing 2l four-cylinder turbo engine, which is already used in the Golf R and GTI, with 4Motion all-wheel drive to lay it down.

The first whiff of the project was in 2014 when the covers came off a Golf R400 concept car (the 400 refers to the car’s horsepower, or 300kW), but VW decided against putting it into production at the time.


Benz wins SA Coty

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class was voted SA’s 2019 Car of the Year by the Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ).

The Mercedes A-Class is the AutoTrader SA 2019 Car of the Year. Picture: DENIS DROPPA
The Mercedes A-Class is the AutoTrader SA 2019 Car of the Year. Picture: DENIS DROPPA

It’s only the second Mercedes victory in the 34-year history of the competition, after the Mercedes 260E won it in 1987.

The winner was announced at a Johannesburg gala event last Thursday night after being selected from 11 other finalists in the AutoTrader-sponsored competition.

The Porsche Cayenne placed second with the Volvo XC 40 third.

The other finalists were the Nissan Micra, Suzuki Swift, Honda Civic Type R, Lexus ES, Suzuki Jimny, Renault Duster, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Hyundai Kona and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

There were brands that elected not to take part in the 2019 competition, including Volkswagen/Audi and BMW/Mini, which meant contenders such as the new VW Polo and BMW X2 weren’t considered.

The 2018 SA Car of the Year was the Panamera, the fourth Porsche to win the contest in recent years.