" Volkswagen is not playing around at least when it comes to turbocharged four-cylinder performance. There is a reason Volkswagen lured AMG's head of engine development Friedrich Eichler away
(likely with a wheelbarrow full of money). Eichler is the man responsible for the M133 AMG 2.0 liter four-cylinder
in the CLA45 AMG which currently holds the world's most powerful production four-cylinder title at an underrated 355 horses
Enter the Golf R 400 which previews Volkswagen's hotter EA888 2.0 liter direct injected and turbocharged four-cylinder motor
. You guessed it, output is 400 PS (395 horses) placing the Golf R 400 considerably ahead of the 45 AMG models. The new motor also revs higher going to 7200 rpm. This power is sent to all four wheels through a 6-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox.
The 331 lb-ft of torque combined with the all wheel drive and dual clutch transmission make for a quick and likely conservative 0-60 sprint of 3.9 seconds. This time is helped out by the 3130 pound-curb weight which is incredible with the safety standards in this day and age especially for an wheel drive turbo car.
Volkswagen, this is the kind of car you build if you want to turn things around in the USA. This is the kind of car with attitude that will get you noticed. Who is not going to like a Golf that can dust a Porsche 911 right off the showroom floor?
If you built it, they will come. Which considering your track record probably means you won't do it. If you do go through with it do not make the mistake of not bringing this car to the USA. We may just never forgive you. Seriously, keep your Phaeton
and give us this instead. "