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2006-11-09 17:19

Thunder Bunny is hot wheels deluxe!

Meet the Volkswagen Thunder Bunny concept, which was shown at the SEMA motor show in Las Vegas.

The Thunder Bunny, which is a play on the Golf's original American name, the Rabbit.

Back in the early 1980s a Californian-based Automotive Performance Systems imported an original white Golf GTI from Europe.

They modified it and the result was the original Thunder Bunny. Now it is the 25th anniversary of the Thunder Bunny.

The special concept features a beefy body kit, larger central grille and a more muscular back framing the twin exhaust. Like the original model, the new version sits on 19inch gold wheels with Brembo brakes hauling the hatch to a halt.

Under the bonnet is a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine. It includes a modified intake manifold, Garrett ball-bearing turbocharger and an air-to-air intercooler. It produces about 165 kW.

In the cabin, the stock GTI seats are covered in black and white checkered tweed that harks backs to the early 1980s. White carbon-fiber interior trim rounds out the package.

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