With the Corrado, Volkswagen decided to expand on the Golf’s running gear, create an evolution of it and take it more upmarket into the cash rich coupe market.
Designed by Herbert Schäfer who also designed the Porsche 944, a car that the Corrado shares many of its atributes with. Like the Porsche, the Corrado came with a 2+2 seating arrangement and was built on the same platform as the Mk2 Golf.
All the 4-cylinder Corrado’s used the same A2 platform as the Golf Mk2, and all use its subframes, suspension, steering and braking components.
Initially the Corrado appeared with a choice of two 1.8lt engines, the 1.8lt 16v Golf GTi 136hp unit, and a supercharged G60 model offering 160hp.
The dash from 0-60 came in a respectable 9.3sec, top speed (131mph) in the 16V model, everything was a bit quicker in the supercharged G60, coming in at 7.8sec, top speed(140mph).
Following on in 1992, the Corrado range had been given an update. The new naturally aspirated two litre version known as the Corrado 2.0i 16V, were introduced with 136hp and 0-60 in 9.2sec, top speed(131mph).
This Corrado is a comfortable car, with sports bucket seats that hold you firmly in place.
It feels more like a grand-tourer actually; it’s loaded with innovative creature comforts for its time, like automatic climate control, an adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, and power windows and locks.
The VW Corrado is coveted for many reasons, most notably, because of its seductive styling, road handling capabilities, its rarity and its role as the ultimate fast sexy coupe of the 1990’s. The Corrado, among other cars of its day, represents the pinnacle of these absurdly complex, cool coupes.