1988-1993 CORRADO 16V/G60

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Volkswagen At 80 -

WHY WE LOVE IT It’s sim­ply bril­liant! The Corrado was viewed as the Scirocco’s nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor when it was in­tro­duced in 1988 and its looks were matched by a hugely ca­pa­ble chas­sis. It was ini­tially avail­able with a 1.8-litre, 136bhp 16-valve twin-cam en­gine, then – on the G60 – with a 160bhp su­per­charged mo­tor. The ar­rival of the 2.8-litre 190bhp VR6 in 1990 took the Corrado to an­other level.

Sadly, the days when you could pick up a bar­gain Corrado in good con­di­tion are long gone.

BUY­ING TIPS

Both 8V and 16V en­gines are sturdy and will en­joy a long work­ing life if looked af­ter. Look for his­tory of a cam­belt change (ev­ery 60,000 miles) – get it changed if there is none. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS EN­GINE 1781cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 160bhp@5600rpm TORQUE 166lb ft@4000rpm TOP SPEED 140mph 0-60MPH 8sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 29-34mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed man­ual

Un­like the ear­lier VW mod­els, rot is a lot less of a prob­lem for Corrado-era cars, but do look for blis­ters around the doors, wind­screen and fuel filler cap just in case.

WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £9000+, GOOD £6000, AV­ER­AGE £4000, PROJECT £2000

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