About the Corrado

History

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Volkswagen followed its tradition of naming cars after winds, by naming the Corrado after the Spanish for 'wind current or Jet Stream'. 'Corrado' is derived from the Spanish verb 'Correr', which means to Run or to Sprint ( hence the 'Club' magazine is called The Sprinter ) The prototype, however, was given the less impressive name of the 'Typhoon' (source: 1987 issue of Car & Driver) In fact the original prototype was called the Taifun before being changed. While the prototypes were on test in Canada, they were code named "Memphis".

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1.8 16V

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The 1.8-16v Corrado was made solely for the UK and Italian markets and the first available Right Hand Drive (RHD) version of the Corrado to be available in the UK.

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2.0l 8V

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The 2.0 (8 valve) Corrado was introduced in late 1994 as a last ditch effort to sell the Corrado ideal to the public. It never really made any headway, and actual sales were pretty dismal, due mostly to it's rather lacklustre performance. However, it is perhaps one of the prettiest standard Corrados.

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2.0l 16V

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Brought to the UK in 1992, this updated Corrado boasted new features, amongst them a new 2 litre engine. Because UK emissions regulations were tightened in August 1992, the 2.0-16v was fitted with a catalytic converter to help meet these lower emissions standards. Power output and top speeds didn't differ much from the 1.8-16v, however torque increased.

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1.8 G60 Supercharged

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The G60 was the first taster of the High Performance Corrados. Although introduced to the UK along with the 1.8 16v in 1989. It wasn't until June of 1991 when the UK got the first Right-Hand Drive (RHD) examples to play around with. When this happened it really strutted itself, within months outselling the 1.8-16v, and that was how it was to stay until the introduction of the VR6.

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2.9l VR6

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The fastest and most powerful of them all - the VR6 Corrado was the fastest production VW ever (right up until the introduction of the Golf R32), and soon entered the legends of motoring history.

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