Pros - Excellent handling. Very high performance VR6 engine. Great retro looks. Ultra reliable. A cult classic.
Cons - Rear passenger area cramped. Basic interior on older models.
The Volkswagen Corrado is a classy sporty coupe built by VW between 1988 and 1995. A three-door hatchback with 2+2 seating layout, it was launched as a successor to the successful Scirocco. The Corrado offers surprisingly high performance when you look beyond its elegant but conventional styling. A supercharged 4 cylinder engine drove all early Corrados, producing 158 hp. Later the legendary VR6 was introduced.
The VR6 is capable of 150mph ? 0-6 7.7 secs. Very fast, astonishing really for a car that went out of production over ten years ago. It was VW?s fastest ever car on release and its handling is also from the very top drawer - powerful, stable and controlled and despite it being from the mid to compact range theres plenty of storage in the boot and side pockets to offset all the thrills with a little added practicality. Although firmly regarded everywhere as an excellent performing vehicle, VW scrapped it after 7 years as it was perceived to have undersold, having only returned a modest profit. It failed to reach mass sales, perhaps because many customers felt it didn?t offer great value for money as new or it simply didn?t appeal beyond a certain types of consumer. Its robust looks may also have also worked against it because really it is a high performance sports car masquerading as a saloon. Since then the Volkswagen Corrado has definitely gained the status of a modern classic. Second hand buys are a fabulous bargain if you can obtain one and if you ever get behind the wheel you will learn why. If you are considering buying a high performance version always check the service history and look for signs of racing wear and tear.
The VW Corrado is listed as one of 25 Cars You Must Drive Before You Die by Car magazine.
The name Corrado derives from the Spanish verb ?correr?, meaning to run, race or sprint.
The Corrado VR6 is the best engine VW ever made, according to BBC TV?s Top Gear.
The VW Corrado reached a production total of 97,521 vehicles.
All Corrados are front-wheel drive.
1989 - Supercharged 160 bhp left-hand-drive G60 model launched, while UK and Italian markets got the 1.8-litre 16V. Standard equipment included an adjustable steering column, power steering - and ABS on the G60 - green tinted glass and computer.
1990 - Only a 5-speed manual transmission was offered but later Corrado, an optional 4-speed automatic. Standard spec upgrades - electric windows, central locking, height-adjustable steering column, radio/cassette, speed-related volume control. Leather-trimmed steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake gaiters also on offer.
1991 - 4-speed auto transmission became available and wider (205/50VR15) tires on new BBS alloy wheels. Leather upholstery and theft-alarm system also joined the options. G60 available in right-hand drive until September 1992.
1992 ? VR6 launched, with 2861 cc V6 engine. Volkswagen switched to a 2.8-litre narrow-angle V6, 178 horsepower. The VR6 was a revolutionary design combining V-shaped straight engine achieved by two cylinder banks with an angle of 15 degrees and a single cylinder head. The design allowed 6 cylinders to be packed smoothly and for smooth of operation - similar to an inline 6 cylinder. The Corrado VR6 produced for the European market had a volume of 2.9 L and 190 bhp. A new 2.0 L 16 valve 100 kW/136 bhp engine was also introduced. Major exterior facelift also offered new four-bar grille, increased fuel-tank capacity from 12.1 gal to 15.4 gal. Interior improvements included standard ABS, pull-out radio/cassette, intermittent screen wipe, adjustable delay, torch key. 16V was upgraded to 2.0 litres with catalyst and K-Motronic fuel injection. A unique collector?s model sold in the UK called the Campaign Edition was offered with a VR6. The Campaigns were all Dusky Mauve with tan and brick red custom leather interiors with a full range of options. In Germany there was also a special edition called Jet featuring a special interior and the G60 Engine. These are very rare outside Germany. Another collector?s model was produced for Italy known as the Estoril with Estoril alloy wheels.
1993 - The grille and front spoiler were restyled at the same time, complete with fog lamps and the name changed to Corrado SLC. Cylinder banks in the V6 engine were only 15 degrees apart. Narrow-angle design allowed valves for both cylinder banks to be housed in a single head. Traction control became standard. Front suspension was redesigned, new 5-spoke wheels. Air conditioning became CFC-free, stereo now turned off with the ignition. Further standard equipment included antilock brakes, electronic differential lock, alarm system, velour interior. Interior update including new red instrument needles.
1994 - Entry-level Corrado with eight-valve 2.0-litre engine, electric windows and mirrors, green tinted glass, alloy wheels, rear wash/wipe, alloy wheels, front fog-lamps and sports seats.
1995 - Last Corrados produced which are now highly sought after. These include limited edition 500 right-hand-drive VR6 Storm models for the UK. Now amongst the most desirable Corrados ever built they were available in Mystic blue or Classic green - 250 in each unique to the Storm. The Storms came with pearl effect metallic paint, leathers, alloy wheels, front seat heating and new Sony radio/CD player.