Corrado time­line

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -


Volk­swa­gen be­gins de­vel­op­ment of the Corrado, at this point co­de­named EA 494. The orig­i­nal pro­posal was for a ‘shoot­ing brake’ es­tate, in the vein of the Lan­cia HPE. It’s de­cided early on that the coupé should share its un­der­pin­nings with the Golf MkII.


VW de­cides to keep the Scirocco MkII in pro­duc­tion along­side the new model as a cheaper al­ter­na­tive as long as de­mand al­lows.


The car’s work­ing ti­tle be­comes Tai­fun – as in Typhoon – which fits in with the wind-de­rived names of the Golf and Scirocco mod­els. The fi­nal Corrado name is based on cor­rer, a Span­ish word mean­ing ‘to run’.


Volk­swa­gen launches the Corrado not as a re­place­ment for the Scirocco, but as a more up­mar­ket sib­ling. The fastest ver­sion at launch is the su­per­charged G60, which costs £19,000.


The nar­row-an­gle VR6 en­gine – al­ready fa­mil­iar to Pas­sat own­ers – is squeezed into the Corrado. There are two ver­sions – the 178bhp SLC for the US and Canada, and the 187bhp VR6 for Europe.


Corrado pro­duc­tion ends af­ter 97,500 ex­am­ples have rolled off the pro­duc­tion line – barely a third of the num­ber of Scirocco MkIIs made. It’s the last Volk­swa­gen coupé un­til 2008, when the Scirocco name is rein­tro­duced for a new two-door based on the Golf MkV’s me­chan­i­cals.

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