In 1988, Volkswagen rolled out their replacement for the Scirocco, successfully updating the Golf Mk1’s three-door hatchback style and origami like creases in the bodywork. The Corrado was in many ways closely linked to the Golf Mk2, but featured the dashboard of a Passat. The debut edition came complete with a 1781cc engine in 16V (136bhp) form.
Sitting at the top of the range was the G60, which despite being limited to 158bhp was surprisingly quick. It could get itself from 0-60mph in an impressive 7.8 seconds, then go on to reach a maximum top speed of 140mph. Amongst the novelties included were an electrically operated rear spoiler, which could open up at motorway speeds.
Customers may have been satisfied with the Corrado G60’s speed, but Volkswagen clearly weren’t. In 1991, they fitted it with the new narrow-angle VR6 engine, displacing 2861cc. This 187bhp was light and compact (if slightly unreliable), but provided the Corrado with top-level performance. This brought the maximum speed up to 143mph, and the acceleration from 0 to 60 was down to 6.2 seconds.
In 1995, when the Corrado reached the end of its life, as the limited edition VR6 Storm – recalling the Scirocco Mk1 – marketed in the UK only, with lots of optional extras. Today, the VR6 is considered a certified modern classic, in enormous demand.
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