The 80s were an interesting time for Volkswagen; new joint ventures, acquisitions, and sales of the Golf and Polo were going well across Europe. Their flagship coupe, the second generation Scirocco, was also selling well, yet VW had something else up its sleeve. By 1988 it had added another coupe to its range; the quicker and more upmarket Corrado.
The front wheel drive, three door coupe came with a 2+2 seating arrangement and was built on the same platform as the Mk2 Golf, albeit with components taken from several other cars. It initially appeared with a choice of two 1.8 litre inline four engines, one of them being the supercharged G60 model offering 160bhp and 0-60 in a respectable 7.8 seconds. It had eye-catching lines, chunky wheel arches, and an active rear spoiler that raised at cruising speeds. Its unique wedge profile certainly added an element of flair to Volkswagen’s line-up, so it’s no wonder motoring journalists, commentators, and the car-buying public as a whole were charmed by its good looks.
By the time the Scirocco had gone out of production in 1992, the Corrado range had been given an update. Two new engines were introduced; the first was a naturally aspirated two litre offering 136bhp, and the second was a 2.9 litre with 187bhp and a blistering 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds. The latter was the much revered VR6, and is by far the most popular choice of Corrado amongst investors, with good reason. Although the components used were nothing out of the ordinary, the sheer power combined with the excellent chassis meant that the handling was absolutely sublime. In fact, it’s regularly noted as one of the best handling front wheel drive cars of all time, and even holds its own against the much more advanced mid-sized coupes of today.
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