If you’re reading this article, chances are at some point in your life you’ve been in an empty parking lot after dark, and either you or your friend has thought: Yeah, time for some driving. Probably in some crap econobox with tires shaggier than the wisps of beard anyone in your peer group at the time was trying to cultivate and horsepower not far off the ABV of Your First Beers.™️
This Volkswagen Golf is not one of those cars. Normally the Golf is an unassumingly capable thing that, even in its most boring forms, somehow evokes the spirit of those parking lot moments but with the ability to actually deliver on them. Formula One driver Carlos Sainz Jr. refused to get rid of his Golf until someone finally foisted a company car on him. There’s just something about the way they’re so straightforwardly competent, not underpowered or so expensive you feel like you have to behave yourself in one and with all the capabilities to cause mischief.
The whole joy of a Golf is that it’s a great sleeper but Engine Swap Depot has discovered the ultimate version. For every boring little gray car that can still give it the beans, Finnish team Maailmanlopun