The Mk2 Volkswagen Golf isn't known for speed. The car was great for those who wanted a practical hatch that was fuel efficient and tossable. This particular car is rather different, because while it might look nearly stock, it's actually hiding over 1200 horsepower and all-wheel drive.
This VW, built by , has long since abandoned its original sub-100 horsepower front-wheel-drive layout. In its place sits a turbocharged 2.0-liter ABF inline-four attached to a modern 4Motion VW all-wheel-drive system. The engine runs on E85, and makes an insane 64 pounds of boost. The result is 1233 horsepower and 806 lb.-ft. of torque at the crank. In a Golf.
Power is sent to the wheels via a quick-shifting sequential transmission, and put to the pavement via four skinny drag slicks mounted on VW wheels. It may not look like much on the outside, but this little Golf is quicker than pretty much anything else on the road.
Watch for yourself as it blasts off an 8.67-second quarter-mile at 174 mph.