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Video: 541kW Volkswagen Golf Mk1 is a ballistic street car

Now this is what you call a sleeper. It’s a humble Volkswagen Golf Mk1 fitted with a heavily tuned 8800rpm 2.0-litre turbo engine. Basically, it’s one of the most powerful street legal front-wheel drive cars in the world.

Under the bonnet sits a monster Garrett GTX3582R turbocharger, with an engine attached to it. The engine is a 2.0-litre fuel injected four-cylinder with twin overhead cams and 16 valves capable of an incredible 8800rpm. It’s all controlled via a KMS MD35 engine computer.

On E85 (85 per cent ethanol) fuel, the micro powerhouse develops 541kW, or 736hp in old-fashion speak. This is angry enough to send the Golf from 100km/h to 200km/h in just 5.0 seconds – as you can witness in the video below.

In other areas, the baby blue beast features a full roll cage, Porsche 964-style alloy wheels painted in black and wrapped in street/racing Toyo R888 tyres, as well as a fresh six-speed manual transmission and subtle baby blue paint job.

Built by Boba Motoring, this is one wicked Golf. Click play below to see the sort of antics that are achievable in the wild machine.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.