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The beastly powered W8 Passat was a strange animal. Developed to compete with muscular luxury sedans such as the BMW 5-series, the W8 was a product of needing to fit eight cylinders in a space typically occupied by six. Despite its high compression ratio, it only produced a somewhat lackluster 271 bhp.

Combined with a porky curb weight of 3980 lbs, it wasn’t as exciting as one would expect.
How do you make any boring car exciting? Straight pipe it! It turns out the W8 just needed to be uncorked in order to sound like a properly brash, eight cylinder machine. One hero has just done that, and the result is very impressive. Watch it all below!

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