The Volkswagen Corrado was German manufacturer Volkswagen’s take on the compact sports coupe for the late eighties and nineties. Recognisable by its wedge profile, flush mounted windows and active rear spoiler, it was built at the Karmann factory in Osnabrück, Germany. It was designed by Herbert Schäfer and was produced between 1 September 1988 and 31 July 1995.
Originally conceived as a possible successor to the Porsche 944, the Corrado is a three-door hatchback / liftback with a 2+2 seating layout. Marketed by Volkswagen as “The European sports car with the Volkswagen difference” the Corrado replaced the Scirocco in the Volkswagen lineup in some markets.
Volkswagen introduced two new engines for 1992, one of which being the now famous 12-valve VR6 engine. The VR6 engine provided a compromise between both V-shaped and straight engines by placing the two cylinder banks at an angle of 15° with a single cylinder head. This design allowed engineers to fit a six-cylinder engine into roughly the same space that was previously occupied by four-cylinder engines, while closely approaching the smoothness of a straight-six design. There were two variants: a 2.8 litre 179 bhp model for the US and Canadian markets and a 2.9 litre and 187 bhp version for the European market. With the introduction of the VR6 engine, the previous range topping G60 engine disappeared from the European market in 1993.
The VR6 uses suspension components from the A3 model range, including the rear axle assembly and some parts of the A3’s ‘plus’ type front axle assembly. The subsequent wider front wheel-track of the Corrado VR6 necessitated the fitting of new front wings with wider wheel arches and liners along with a new front bumper assembly. Together with a new raised-style bonnet to accommodate the VR6 engine, these body improvements were carried across the model range.
RHD, Sunroof, Electric windows, Electric mirrors, Karmann badging, Sony AM / FM Radio with cassette, Cassette holders, Ash tray, First Aid kit, Lockable glove box, Lighter / 12v socket.
Incredibly this retro classic still retains all of its factory paint and offers true time warp presentation in Alpine White. There are only a handful of tiny highly professionally touched in chips to the front bonnet to report. This wonderful VR6 presents as well as the photographs suggest – a real collectors piece.
The hatch around the window, bottom of the doors and bumper covers front and rear display excellent fit and finish, free of any corrosion.
Open up the drivers door and the cabin is focused in its simplicity with typical VW ergonomics – no frills, clean and easy to read. The cloth seats look fabulous, feel homely and are in terrific original condition with little bolster wear and excellent integrity. Factory fit carpets display only the lightest of patina whilst plastics around the cabin show very little signs of use. The Karmann badging remains, proudly sat at the base of the gearbox surround.
As you’d expect from VW, the Corrado is practical. Its 60-40 split/folding “+2” rear seats appear spacious enough to hold adults for short trips, whilst the low lift-over hatchback houses significant luggage space.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The sensational V6 engine delivers almost 200bhp and with strong torque available throughout the rev range offers a broad and wholly engaging operating bracket. The car performs without fault on test, tight, assured and full of character. It presents well, disguising its age, but showing the care and attention of the maintenance and upkeep of this Corrado.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 5 spoke alloys look terrific and are a period 15 inch in diameter. They present impeccably, free of milkiness or distortion with no chips to report. The tyres are a set of Toyo’s with good tread.
This Corrado has excellent ownership provenance – registered on the 31/03/1994 the first owner enjoyed and maintained her until a father and son duo took over ownership on the 23/06/99 where it continued to enjoy moderate use and excellent maintenance.
The history file includes a very comprehensive documentation including MOT certificates, tax discs and ancillary invoices. The original book pack remains with the car. The MOT lasts until February 2019 and the car is ready to be enjoyed.
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