Volkswagen's Corrado was one of the best-handling front-wheel drive cars in the world. Based on the excellent Golf MkII platform, it was never intended as a replacement for the VW's ailing Scirocco because it was far too good for that. The Corrado got revised spring and shock rates and with its front heavy weight bias (64:36) was brilliant through corners, suffering virtually no understeer. The chassis was so good that it easily handled the powerful VR6, launched in 1992. The engine used a very narrow 'V (15 degrees) to make it compact, and although it had been used in the Golf before, for the Corrado it was bored out an extra 4.2ci (70cc) tor more power, plus the compression was raised to 10:1. A subtle form of traction control was used, so when a wheel was spinning, the brake on it would conic on until its speed matched the other side. Other tricks included a self-raising spoiler.
VW Corrado VR6 Specifications
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