Despite countless news items and the combined will of the VW community, we have the sad duty of reporting that the Volkswagen Golf R400 will not go into production.

The project was championed by former R&D chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser, but the project has been canceled following his departure.

Sources say, though, that the engine itself, a tuned version of the EA888, is not dead. It will likely find its way into future Audi products.

Despite canceling the R400, VW is still interested in a high-performance Golf R, reports Automotive News. The next generation R, slated for launch in 2020, might still get more power, just not 400 hp.

Intriguingly, there may be another way. Rumors suggest that a lightweight Golf R might be the chosen alternative. With weight reduction technology the car could shed more than 300 lbs.

Despite our disappointment, we find comfort in the knowledge that a 400 hp Golf R is still well within the realm of possibility with some careful modifying.