VW to Build Golf R400, Needs Tougher DSG

By | May 22, 2014
When the 395-horsepower Golf R400 debuted at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, many wanted to see it enter production. And while there is a strong desire to make this model come to life, there are a few tweaks the automaker needs to make before it'll see the light of day, according to a new report from Autocar. The first problem the company is facing is finding a gearbox that will be able to handle the 332 lb-ft of torque that the concept pumps out, and because VW wants this model to have wide appeal, an automatic transmission option is a must. Earlier this month, the automaker announced plans to create a 10-speed DSG that can withstand up to 369 lb-ft of torque, and we think this will find its way onto the R400. The second problem is the cost to build the Golf R400. The engineering changes this model will need to be produced may very well be addressed with the new 10-speed DSG transmission, along with cost. However, this model has yet to receive the green light. Expect it to go up against the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, BMW M235i, and the Audi RS3 if it makes it to production.
Source: Autocar