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VW’s R400 ‘super Golf’ may be small, but it’s bringing big performance to dealers next year

When it comes to Volkswagen’s impish, enthusiastic Golf R, there’s a lot to like.

The 290-horsepower hatchback is quick, nimble, efficient, and subtly handsome, and because it’s available with five doors, the German compact is aptly practical as well. If there’s a reason to love hot hatchbacks, it’s likely it exists somewhere on this car.

For those who like their hatches with a little extra spice, though, the brand announced the 395-hp Golf R400 concept at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year.

This all-wheel drive ‘super Golf’ is capable of 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, can reach a top speed of 174 mph, and looks the part of a stylish street cruiser, all while having ample room in the back for luggage, camping gear, or even the family dog.

A new report by Car Magazine all but confirms the mighty Golf for production in 2015, quoting industry insiders and mirroring rumors from earlier in the year.

In road-going guise, the R400 could produce over 400 hp from its 2.0-liter turbo engine, with a bulked-up braking system and a trick aero kit to match.

The car will reportedly debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next September and go on sale soon thereafter.

Related: Following the gargantuan success of the Golf R, VW mulls more ‘R’ performance models

If we’re lucky, the arrival of the hopped-up Golf is a sign of more ‘R’ things to come.

In October, we reported on statements from VW’s Head of Powertrain Development, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, who said, “We get a lot of positive resonance out of the market and, perhaps soon we will see other R models. But it’s always a question [as to] if the market is able to use the car, if they find them attractive.”

“In the future, you may also see a wagon,” he continued. “It’s possible. It’s also possible for Polo, Passat – it’s possible for everywhere. It’s only a question of power and price range.”

A turbocharged Jetta SportWagen or Tiguan R? We’ll keep our fingers crossed.