There's torque steer and then there's what we'll from now on dub "The Boba," as in Boba Kettler. The German tuner has a way with the Volkswagen Golf, and the MkI example you see above has been touched with 736 horsepower – that's right, 96 more ponies than a new SRT Viper, all trying to get to ground through those two front wheels.

The 2.0-liter, 16-valve engine has an 8,800 rpm redline and is aided by a Garrett GTX3582R turbocharger shoving 50 psi through the internals. Other upgrades include a new ECU (natch) and a six-speed 'box among other treats. The rubber is Toyo R888s – street-legal competition tires. The result is enough smoke for three Chinese New Years when the lights go green. Indeed, the standing start isn't its forte, but it can apparently get from 62 miles per hour to 124 mph in five seconds.

Watch it go in the video below. And know that this isn't even Boba's best work; he's got a 900-hp MkII Golf that'll do 0-62 mph in 2.3 seconds.



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      Jim B
      • 2 Years Ago
      FIFTY PSI ??????
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      As the former owner of a 200 fwhp Festiva and the friend of the former owner of a 620 fwhp S13 Sentra SE-R, I can tell you that no, these cars do not make any sense, but they are astonishingly fun to drive. It is incredibly infectious to stab the throttle at 60 mph and just have the thing go beserk looking for traction. That Festiva put a smile on my face with every stab of the throttle, no matter how bad a mood I was in. This is just taking that insane hilarity to a new bonkers level. Even though this isn't actually all that fast in comparisons to bascially any other 750 hp car, I guarantee you he's having a LOT more fun than people in much more technically competent cars.
        domingorobusto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        *B13 SE-R
          adrenalnjunky
          • 2 Years Ago
          @domingorobusto
          A friend has a B15 Se-R that made 500 at the wheels. It's the same way. Would I daily drive it, no, but man it was a blast when you were in the mood.
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Torque steer out the ass. Thing must be a hoot to drive.
      Jaylgo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, talk about torque steer.
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Their 8sec 1/4mile Golf MKII AWD 1.8 16V with 1013hp (52psi boost) is much more impressive.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_915001&feature=iv&src_vid=ZcDpGrJb4hE&v=yR4zBRnjq1I 0-62mph 2.3s 0-125mph 5.4s 0-170mph 8.7s topspeed slightly over 200mph
      • 2 Years Ago
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      jjs2411
      • 2 Years Ago
      You could have bought a BMW M1 with the money put into that deathtrap.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Insane, totally love it.
      collabplan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah yes....yet another addition to the "Jalopnik Retread" category. Seriously, guys...
      collabplan
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Jalopnik Retread".....yawn
      collabplan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This post was cool.......last Friday when it ran on Jalopnik.
      Fun Bus
      • 2 Years Ago
      lets hope next time he's on the public roads doing that he hits a tree, what a wanker.
        adrenalnjunky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fun Bus
        for someone using the name fun bus - you're not much fun are you?
        Georg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fun Bus
        he is in Germany on the Autobahn...nothing wrong with what he is doing, no different if a Corvette ZR1 goes 200mph on the Autobahn or a tuned Golf... both do that perfectly legal, I regulary hit 160mph on the Autobahn with my stock 2012 Camaro, nothing to worry about here were such speeds are normal daily duty for everyone on the Autobahn..
          bullitt2605
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Georg
          Nothing wrong until he torgue steers into oncoming traffic. 700+HP, front wheel drive, economy car chassis and skinny ass little tires. A fool and his HP will soon be parted.
        Terry Ferragame
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fun Bus
        Looks like he is on the Autobahn so its legal. Maybe not smart but still, legal. Been there, you DEFINITELY have to watch the rear view mirror for cars coming up at 150 mph +.
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