420-hp Volkswagen Golf back on track?

The Golf could get RS 3 power.

Volkswagen teased us with the prospect of a 400-horsepower Golf with a thinly-veiled concept (pictured) unveiled at the 2014 edition of the Beijing Auto Show. The model was mothballed after the Dieselgate scandal began making headlines, but Germany's biggest car magazine has learned it's back on track.

Engineers are currently testing a high-performance Golf that makes the R model look tame, according to Auto Bild. In lieu of a turbo four, it aims to rule the hot hatch segment with a 420-horsepower evolution of the five-cylinder found under the hood of Audi's newest RS 3. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a performance-tuned all-wheel drive system.

How Volkswagen will differentiate the R420 -- a name that might not reach production -- from the standard R is up in the air. The design study shown in Beijing received a model-specific body kit with fender flares, wide air dams integrated into the front bumper, and numerous visual add-ons made out of carbon fiber to keep weight in check.

Volkswagen hasn't commented on the rumor, so we're taking the news with a grain of salt. There's no word on when the super-Golf will make its debut, and we don't know if it will be sold in the United States.

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