Bad Rabbit: The VW, Porsche & Audi Fusion
First Glance

You sometimes find the most obscure cars in the places you’d least expect. It could be spotting an exotic Lamborghini parked at your local supermarket, or perhaps a full-blown race car driving down a quiet residential road.

I had one of those moments when I stumbled across this 1984 Mk1 Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf at the SCP Evolution revival event in Montreal earlier this year.

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At first glance it looked like a Golf with some wide hips, but a closer inspection revealed just how modified it actually is.

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The car was built in the small town of L’Épiphanie, 40 minutes north of Montreal, by the guys at DM Motorsport. Their goal was simple: build an insane machine to showcase both their craftsmanship and engineering capabilities.

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The first thing that grabbed me was the custom DM Motorsport wide-body kit, which perfectly contained the BBS RS wheels fitted.

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Black wheels on a white car is always a winning combo, and the 17-inch RSs are wrapped in fat 245/35R17 Toyo Proxes R1R tires.

Other exterior modifications include an early VW Rabbit tail light and grill conversion, plus Crystal Cross Hair headlights. It’s simple, but it works. 

Second Glance
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There’s something about this VW that made it particularly different from most I’ve seen. It has a V8 from an Audi S4.

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The 4.2L V8 wasn’t going to fit under hood though, so there was only one other logical place to put it, and that’s behind the front seats in a mid-engine position.

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Along with the engine, DM Motorsport also took the S4’s 6-speed manual transmission, and the Rabbit now pushes 350hp to the rear wheels instead of much less to the front. Forced induction is on the to-do list too, so 450+hp should be easily realized in the near future.

Out the back is a custom DM Motorsport chromoly tubular subframe, and the entire rear suspension is from a 2004 Porsche 991 GT2. Coupled with the engine and transmission, the chassis setup has helped the car run a 12.26-second pass on the quarter mile. For a bit of comparison, that’s more than a second faster than the new Ford Focus RS, the Subaru STI, and the Volkswagen Golf R.

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The differential that hangs down under the rear of car lets those who know what they’re looking at that this is a very different Golf from how it rolled off the VW production line more than 30 years ago.

Back up front, the guys incorporated the front frame rail out of a 1995 Volkswagen Corrado VR6.

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The interior hasn’t been forgotten either; in fact, it’s just as extreme at the mechanical upgrades.

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You’re greeted by Porsche 994 door handles, which is the first hint at what to expect.

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The cockpit has a real Porsche feel to it, but that’s what you get when you adapt the dashboard and cluster from a 996 GT2, and fit 997 Turbo seats.

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The insane-looking race shifter is from CAE Shifting Technology.

With all the added performance, the VW required some proper stopping power to slow it down. Up front are Girling 2-piston 60 calipers on 12.1-inch Brembo rotors, while the rear gets a 996 Turbo disc setup.

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The guys at DM Motorsport have taken this car to another level of extreme with a build quality and attention to detail that’s second to none, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the concept is pretty cool.

Did I mention that it skids up nicely too?

Louis Yio
Instagram: lusciousy
louis@speedhunters.com

Cutting Room Floor
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1

Lol barely any rabbit left! Pretty insane to be honest.

2

What if this thing crashes? engine flies through you?

3

like Andrea said I am alarmed that anyone able to profit $6776 in a few weeks on the internet . see it here=====net.pro70­­.ℭomllllllll

4

Luv to see this on a hillclimb

5

what a terrible steering wheel

6

is a german frankenstein

7

Open diff WTF?

8

I'd imagine this lil' rabbit kills at the track and country roads. 

also can we have a push to see more video footage of featured cars? doesn't have too be great but just a taste of what it sounds like and/or how it moves and behaves, always love reading the articles and seeing the photos but sometimes you need to hear the cars!

9

AngeloH Can be sure the reason is low budget.  I bet a Quaiffe and installation would be more than they have in the whole drivetrain.  They did a lot with a little, and did a really nice job.

10

AngeloH also with that much power and that little weight a locked/welded diff would be near impossible to drive

11

@The Tea Grinder Cage triangulates laterally, right in front of the engine.  About the same for most mid-engined cars with a tube frame.

12

in all my years on SH this might be the best article. The lack of drivel and hyperbole is amazing, just like the car! Great job ... the veteran writers should take a page from this article and keep it simple ... the vehicles and photos speak for themselves 8-P

13

Now we need a video of this Rabbit running

14
jbfromsiliconvalley

Bastards like this, and use the term bastards as a positive, are the best part of this site IMO. More bastards please.

I wonder what would happen if UGR got a hold of this rabbit.

15

This is an awesome job, many hours must have been put into this thing. But this car does nothing to me. I wouldn´t say I don´t like it. I just don´t care for it. To each his own I guess.

16

Christ that is a short wheelbase for a mid mounted V8, this thing must make the Clio V6 seem a soft and evenly balanced car lol

17
VincentConkerAuger

Finally a feature from Quebec ! Bien content de voir sa ! Seen this car in person a couple of times, damn it's impressive.

18

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19

They are not BBS rs... just some cheap reps.

20

to echo another comment below, yes the og sh team could take a lesson from this editor, no stupid babbling about how connected they feel to this car. Post the specs, post the car, post any quirks and get on with life. Going on this rant about wind in your hair and snapping a gear lever around is artsy fartsy, but we've been swallowing the bile for the last few years and most are simply over it.

21

I cannot believe that you can get paid $7499 in one month on the internet


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22

Quick clarification, those door handles are from a 944 as a Porsche 994 doesn't exist. Other than that, excellent to the point article of a car that will snap necks and probably snap oversteer.

23

my best friends mum got an almost new black BMW 3 Series Coupe just by some part-time

24

nice Work, but sounds sick, not like a Audi 4.2, just owned one...more like a lawn mowers... pfffffpffffpfffff...

25

PowerTryp My bad on the typo, haha!

26

Is it my imagination or do German v8 sound deeper and smoother than American? I like everything about this car :)

27

@Pa replife represent!

28
90nissanS13@my350z

We should start a go-fund-me to get this car a proper differential.

The build is beautiful with a great attention to detail and care. Good job and good over-all concept.

29

my step-mom recently bought Chrysler 300 Sedan by working part-time online. more tips here
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30

My Uncle Ryder just got a six-month old Nissan just by some parttime working online with a pc

31

My Uncle Matthew recently got Lexus LX 570 SUV just by part-time work from a home computer. See it here====http://fave.co/2cZolmIᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵᴵ

32

like Jose said I am stunned that any body able to make $6855 in one month on the computer .
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33

Sweet budget build, it's pretty awesome.  Those rear fender flares are really terrible though, why can't the slope of the rears match the slope of the front...?  Such a small and easy thing to get right during fabrication!

34

my Aunty Harper recently got an awesome gold Porsche by working parttime from a laptop.

35

my Aunty Hannah got a real cool Volkswagen Beetle Convertible try here


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36

They didn't mention how thick the spacers are all the way around...????

37

my best frends sister just got a stunning metallic Mercedes C-Class Coupe by work using a laptop...

38
MarcelloSpineda

I only have one word to describe this build: WOW!....

39

my Aunty Olivia recently got a nearly new black Suzuki only from working parttime off a laptop... have a peek at this site >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>https://goo.gl/5TjjEY

40

my Aunty Alexa got an awesome year old Nissan 370Z Coupe by working from a macbook

41

mikeonfire With a build like this it most likely uses diff's and drive shafts out of other vehicles which are much wider than the stock car

42

like Eleanor explained I'm in shock that any one can profit $7979 in 1 month on the computer . 
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