We have a soft spot for sleepers here at Road & Track. Cars with massive performance that fly under the radar are supremely cool, no matter how unassuming they look on the outside. This Golf might be one of the coolest we’ve seen in a while. Though it looks factory, it’s actually mostly BMW underneath, with a V-8 sending power to the rear wheels.
According to Engine Swap Depot, this Golf was built by, Maailmanlopun Vehkeet, a drift team in Finland. Gone is the stock front-drive powertrain, replaced with a host of BMW parts from the Nineties. The front subframe, sourced from an E36 3-Series, cradles an M60 V-8, an engine normally found in the 7- and 8-Series. It sends power to the rear, which is now supported by a subframe from an E39 5-Series. There’s also a full roll cage inside, and custom inboard suspension out back.
The engine is reportedly stock, pushing out 282 horsepower and and 295 lb-ft of torque to the crank. That’s more than enough for the sub-3000-pound Golf to get sideways on command, pulling off massive slides and smokey donuts in the video above. You never see an average-looking Golf lighting up the rear tires like this, and we’re very into it.
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