Insane FWD VW Golf GTI Mk3 Runs 1/4 Mile In 8.53 Seconds

Remember when 10-second cars were exotics or heavily tuned Japanese models with all-wheel drive?

Well, things have changed, because this insanely-modified Volkswagen Golf GTI of the Mk3 generation, literally blew its front door off while running the quarter-mile in a blistering 8.53sec.

That’s faster than a Bugatti Veyron, but the time posted isn’t even close to what appears to be the 1/4 mile record for front-wheel drive cars, which was allegedly set by a Volkswagen Gol last year, in Brazil, after completing the run in 7.7 seconds, at 301km/h (187mph), or 19km/h (12mph) faster than this Golf GTI.

Nevertheless, an insane amount of work went into this old hot hatch and the owner was kind enough to pop the hood for a few brief seconds and talk about some of the upgrades.

These include a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, and plenty of effort put into the aerodynamic and weight distribution. New suspension was added too, along with better brakes, racing seats with six-point harness, and roll cage, in case things go bad.

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  • Six_Tymes

    crazy fast. not sure I would have the guts to race it.

  • Remind me of tuner drag scene in late 90s/early 00s. Remember Papadakis Civic? That was a thing people.

    • Fernando da Silva

      The Papadakis of the AEM S2000 fame?!

      • Yeah that Papadakis, but before team owner he used to held drag record in US using a Civic. That car is a legend in US tuning scene at that time.

  • Ilbirs

    What caught my attention in the video is how straight this Golf Mk3 runs on the dragstrip, something that can be seen specially when it goes against the Civic and the comparison is very clear.

  • Bash

    Reminds me of my Golf VR6 i once had many many years ago.. of course minus the fast part.

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