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I have owned a corrado for a few years now and absolutley love the machine. I don't drive it at all these days but it still adorns a spot on my driveaway and without a doubt will never sell the old girl.
These cars are guaranteed to be future classics. In mine, and many others, opinion it is the best Front Wheel Drive Coupe ever built.
The model I have is the 2.9L VR6 and is the daddy of them all. Some may argue that the G60 supercharged is better but one drive in a VR6 will prove you wrong.
The ride is amazing and goes round corners at speeds other cars can only dream of. There is very little body roll also.
The mpg leaves alot to be desired at less than 30mpg on a good day!
But this car was meant to be driven at speed around corners and not to worry about mpg. It for me is a toy to be worked on at weekends, and driven on special occasions. It is a guilty pleasure that few people understand unless you have one.
Now we all know that VW have come a long way since the days of the corrado and churn out quality cars year after year. But in my opinion none since have the same appeal and character as the Corrado.
VW classic camper vans have become an institution for enthusiasts and I expect Corrado's to go the same way in time.
They are not perfect by any means some of the built quality on the interior is laughable and the main parts will require upgrade at some point due to the immense power and torque the 2.9L engine has. But these things can be overlooked (along with the cost of these fixes) by the passion of owning one and hearing the beast in full flow.
The Corrado has reached cult status, it'll go down in the history books as the first ever sports-coupe that Volkswagen ever made. The Corrado is a little known car, but to those few petrolheads who know exactly what this car is about will most likely let off an audible sigh every time they see a nice VR6, and think to themselves "I wish I had one of those".
The Corrado came in a range of variants, from the 1.8 litre 16 valve engine, the 2.0 litre 8 valve, the G60 supercharged version, and of course the range topping 2.9 litre VR6. The VR6 is the real collectors car, offering just shy of 200bhp and ample torque from the close angled V6. The sound of the VR6 engine is wonderful as well, you put your foot down and hear it wail, and there's few places I'd rather be. There are variants to the standard VR6, namely the Storm verson, which may hold it's value better but you're just paying a premium for the different wheels, a few badges and different colours.
The Corrado is a nice place to be. It's interior is very 90's volkswagen, and the switchgear is all very similar to the Golf. The difference is in the seats, heated leather is the way forward. The driving position is low down, stretched out and sporty, and the tilt steering wheel makes sure you're in a good driving position at all times. The quality of the dash and plastics is good, you can drive one today and it shouldn't have any rattles to note.
Rear passenger space is also good, though the headroom is slightly limited but bearable. The boot space is great, this car is pretty practical as the rear seats fold down too, offering plenty of room.
So to start up that VR6 block and take it for a spin. The first thing you notice is that the steering is ultra responsive. The Corrado is a real sports car and it lets you know straight away. 0-60 comes up in under 7 seconds, going onto a top speed of 145mph. At around 50mph, the rear spoiler comes up and appears to aid very high speed cornering, though this may just be a placibo, as it's quite little. Nice touch though. As for the cornering, wow. For a front wheel drive car with a massive engine in the front, it doesn't half stick to the road. You can take corners at stupid speeds and the thing will never let go on the road, and when it does finally, it's so beautifully controllable and slides with so much ease that you forget it's a front wheel drive car.
They just don't make cars like this any more. If you've ever wanted to have a corrado, now's your time before the get too old and unreliable.
Speaking of unreliable, you'd better have a keen eye when looking for one, as parts are usually only available from the main dealers, and considering that this is a sports car, you could be looking at a hefty bill should things go wrong. Remember though, it's a VW so provided you get a good one, you'll be grinning corner after corner, for miles and miles.
I am officially the second love of my boyfriends life - he has just bought a Corrado! I cannot understand why a car which is nearly 7 years old and costs virtually the same as a brand new car holds so much appeal! To me, its noisy, looks bloody ugly and frankly, i'm jealous of it! He used to have a golf GTI and he says he's always wanted a Corrado - why??? Its massive on insurance, and as we live in a big city, he has comendeared the driveway so i have to park my car on the road! Could someone please enlighten me into why men treat their cars as a human being and see them as the be all and end all of life?
there's only one worth talking about - the VR6. 190 HP from a 2.9l motor gave it fairly hairy performance. For the beans you'd be hard pushed to beat it in a straight line, only the advent of the scooby phenomanon has given it real competition. However the poor old scooby was never blessed with looks, and a well shod corrado (without any plastic muck nailed on) is quite an elegant wee thing. The handling is simply superb. The only penalty of the bigger motor is a slightly heavy nose, but there are few with a better turn in than this thing. Steering is spot on, damping is back breaking, body roll is something you couldn't even manage on the back seat. It'll shimmy around bends tidier than samantha mumba's arse. I've never driven anything that could get close (except a scooby which bears more resembalance to your mothers arse). Would you buy one - no chance... The only thing they didn't do was stick the damn things together. The VR6 is a mighty beast but they never really sorted it out and things go pop all the time. The bosy and interior belong ot days of old and collecting the bits that fell off is time consuming. All in all its a bit like beer goggling...you go home with Schiffer and wake up with...