Although the 1992 Volkswagen Corrado seemed destined to be the replacement of the decidedly entry-level Scirocco, the good folks at the helm of Volkswagen had some other ideas. What if they developed a car that could compete with the small, powerful and sporty Japanese cars now flooding the market, as well as with the cheaper, entry-level Porsche models? Thus was the Corrado born. It was greatly appreciated for its modern, sporty look, which was quite the departure for stodgy old Volkswagen, for its roominess and most of all, for its handling. On the other hand, it was panned almost universally for its lackluster interior design, borrowed from other VW cars, mostly the Passat.
What the Corrado lacked most crucially was a powerful engine, and it had to wait for years before it was finally fitted with a decent power plant, in the form of the narrow-angle six-cylinder 2.8-liter VR6, with in this incarnation, developed 190 horsepower. It was enough to endow the Corrado with real oomph; top speed was now 145 miles per hour, and the 0-60 time was an impressive 6.5 seconds.
The Corrado was a real watershed for VW, especially the VR6-equipped later models. The 1992 Volkswagen Corrado displayed true versatility, in being a true sports car as well as a comfortable, easy to drive long-distance cruiser.