Tuesday, May 19th 2015. | Auto & Motor, Car

Rumors about the Golf R400 heading for production have been swirling for months, and even though Volkswagen’s chief powertrain engineer Heinz-Jakob Neusser officially confirmed the hot-hatch’s existence a month ago, we had yet to see a prototype on the go. That ends today though, with the very first batch of spy shots showing the R400 stretching its wheels somewhere in Germany.

Showcased in concept car trim at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, the Golf R400 will hit dealerships as the third and most-powerful high-performance version of the beloved hatch. It will slot above the already powerful and nimble Golf R and obliterate everything in its path performance-wise, including the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and the Ford Focus RS. On paper, the R400 promises to become the most powerful and quickest, factory-built hatchback.

When will you be able to buy it? That’s still a mystery as of this writing, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the R400 break cover at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Should that happen, it will arrive in showrooms for the 2016 model year. Meanwhile, there is no word as to whether it will cross the pond to the U.S., so you shouldn’t get your hopes up yet. Still, Volkswagen would be crazy to not bring it Stateside, more so since the A45 AMG isn’t available here.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Golf R400.

Volkswagen Golf R400 Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 15:00 EST.

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