A front engined, front wheel drive hatch, converted to be a rear-engined, rear wheel drive monster. It’s happened before with the Renault Clio V6, and even a local has managed to stuff a Mitsubishi 4G63 VR4 Turbo engine into the rear of a Perodua Kancil. Now Volkswagen has pulled the same stunt with this show car it displayed at the Wörthersee 2007 meet in Austria. This is the Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 650 Concept.

You are correct to assume this particular concept would end up being a 650 horsepower W12-engine powered rocket due to it’s very indicative name. Only the production car’s hood, lights and doors remain – every other panel has been converted to have a widebody look. The C-pillar receives some engineering treatment, incorporating air intakes now to feed air into the engine mounted behind the driver and the front seat passenger.

The W12 engine is a 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged monster, found in the likes of the Audi A8 and Bentleys. It makes 550 horses in a Bentley, however in this car it makes 650 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 750Nm of torque to the rear wheels!

0-100km/h takes 3.7 seconds, a number that could perhaps be reduced if the car had all-wheel drive instead of just being rear wheel drive.

More photos of this monster after the jump.