Want to Experience Real Torque-Steer? Buy This 400-HP Volkswagen Rabbit

That's a lot of energy going to the front wheels, even with a limited-slip differential.

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Thinking about picking up a used GTI? Consider this car first. It's an old Volkswagen Rabbit that's been heavily modified with a new drivetrain making over 400 horsepower. In addition to the engine, it has a bunch of other cool mods, including a widebody kit and water injection. It's . You should buy it.

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This car started off as a stock 1982 Rabbit L before the current owner brought it out of storage and turned into the beast you see here. At first, it received a 1.8-liter engine from a VW Scirocco, before being swapped out for a 2.o-liter from a 1992 GTI. The owner upgraded all of the internals, bored out the engine to 2.1 liters, installed a head with dual-overhead cams, and turbocharged it. There's titanium valve springs, solid lifters, and fuel injection too. According to the ad, a custom water injection system was installed to cool the intake air when the car comes on boost—not unlike the systems found on the M4 GTS or Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

The turbo makes 23 pounds of boost, sending a total of 410 horsepower to the front wheels via a five-speed manual paired with a limited-slip differential. There's a coil-over suspension system and widebody fender flares hiding a set of sticky tires on all four corners. The owner says the interior is original save for the seats, which were refreshed five years ago. Sadly, there's no air conditioning, but there is power steering, meaning you won't be totally on your own if this thing tries to tear the wheel from your hands during a launch.

The car is currently listed on eBay in Brooklyn, New York with a Buy It Now price of $12,000. The owner says they've spent over $30,000 building this thing, and judging by the quality of some of the work, we believe them. So to pay just a fraction of that to own this car seems like a fair deal. Just make sure you keep it pointed straight on the test drive.

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