Someone converted a VW Golf to RWD and dropped a BMW V-8 under the hood. The result is insane!

The Volkswagen Golf is one of coolest hatchbacks out there, especially if it wears a "GTI" or an "R" badge. However, there’s one sports car feature you don’t get with a Golf. That’s rear-wheel drive.

The Golf has been a front-wheel-drive car since day one, even though some versions are offered with AWD. Ever wondered what’s it like to drive a rear-wheel-drive Golf? Well, someone from Finland converted a seventh-generation Golf to RWD and dropped a BMW engine under the hood.

This Blend of Volkswagen and BMW Engineering is Downright Epic
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The mill is apparently a BMW M60, a naturally aspirated V-8 that the German company produced from 1992 to 1996.

BMW offered this engine in two versions, a 3.0-liter and a 4.0-liter. And this Golf is fitted with the larger variant, used by BMW in the 5 Series, 7 Series, and 8 Series models back in the day. The engine is rated at 282 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and it’s plain stock.

At 282 horsepower, this Golf is actually slightly less powerful than the old Golf R. But it’s probably the only rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered Golf out there, which is really cool. And even though it’s still mostly stock, it can drift like crazy. Check it out below.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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