The Volkswagen Corrado VR6 sounds like a winner | Revelations with Jason Cammisa | Ep. 10Dec 22, 2021
Here are three shortcuts to creating a legendary sports car: first you need to wrap it in sultry Italian sheet metal, then you need to call it something that will make you roll your R's, and finally, of course, you need a screaming engine or you might cheat and copy an old design then come up with a name that
soundsromantic but doesn't really make sense and then you can dust off an old italian engine design from the history books ladies and gentlemen please say bonjourno to the very very german
volkswagenthere is only one thing everything Car companies have in common that they all want to make a sports car.
VW's first real attempt at a sports car became the Porsche 914. When Volkswagen's president dropped to his death and his replacement wanted nothing to do with sports cars. VW's second attempt at making a sports car also turned out. a porsche the 924 that was sold to porsche after another last second change in vw management for its third try
volkswagengot lazy or just smart depending on how you look at it Instead of making a purpose built sports car it could do the same trick he used: turn the beetle into the carmen ghia. Putting sexy Italian-designed bodywork on a utility car.
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the volkswagen corrado vr6 sounds like a winner revelations with jason cammisa ep 10...
Twin One Hell of a Performer Style Meaty substance and Shirako join bestseller The second generation Shirako was the same basic car inside a heavier, less attractive body and people didn't really love it, but Volkswagen decided their coupe sports car should be the vehicle to debut. all new powertrain technology so even though it was in its old age the mark ii scirocco debuted volkswagen's first 16 valve engine turning the sirocco into a 16 valve scirocco and creating, and I quote reviews from the time, a super co-op to consider with the image maker thing must have gone well because volkswagen decided the 3rd gen shiraku would do the same sadly that meant the new car would be so expensive to produce that volkswagen couldn't position it as a scirocco replacement the shirako was already too expensive so vw decided to continue producing the mark ii scirocco and invent another even more premium sports coupe that would sit above it but of course it needed a new name because you can't have two Cars with the same name, so Volkswagen came up with the name Typhoon, which is German for typhoon, and it stank.
The VW naming convention was pretty limited. Polar Winds Even the Passat and Scirocco were Winds, so the new VW broke the Winds or, more accurately, broke with the Volkswagen tradition of naming their cars after the Winds. The scirocco's replacement would be called a
corrado, which is a completely made-up name that
soundslike it runs in Spanish, but more importantly, it could be Italian and that meets the cardinal rule of sports car naming, but what what about that italian style, well, the brand, sir? occo was unquestionably italian vw says the mark ii was made in house but i call disgusting the mark ii scirocco has a hofmeister kink and looks identical to a jajaro concept made for bmw which of course had a hofmeister kink so in the world according to me the The Mark II Shirako was also a Jijaro design, albeit slightly stolen, the Corrado reverted to the actual Mark One Sirocco Jijaro design, it was a nearly identical but much thicker copy of the superb Mark One down to the crooked window line and trapezoidal C.
The pillar and he was magnificent, but he was also an actor. The third-generation VW sports car was mostly a Golf Mark II underneath, so it's not surprising that the Corrado was lauded for all the things the GTI was great at, including great steering, nimble handling, and packaging. the corrado has a genuinely usable rear seat and a large trunk in a world of impractical and flimsy sports coupes that feel cheap the corrado offered a more expensive and sophisticated german experience p In addition, it had a rear wing that deployed electrically reducing lift rear aerodynamics by means of a very precise very german 64.
We see this kind of thing all the time now, but believe me, this caused quite a stir in late 1988, and so how about that final manufacturing rule? a sports car the engine um true to volkswagen's stated goal the corrado was used to debut a new powertrain and was the first and only north american appearance of volkswagen's g60 engine this was the old boost-boosted 1.8-liter eight-valve four-cylinder from a new positive displacement supercharger that volkswagen designed in-house made power noise and judder in equal measure and plowed its way to 60 considerably behind its predecessor the much lighter scirocco 16 valve not a good start look at the corado it was supposed to it was a showcase for new powertrain technologies and magazines said the new engine was a huge disappointment potential customers said um i think i'll take a honda prelude and volkswagen said oh s if they had forgotten the third rule they needed a outstanding engine.
Let's talk about that reality for a second. This is a small car. It's eight inches shorter and four inches narrower than today's little Subaru BRZ, so it's not like you can push a huge engine around. here is the biggest and most powerful 16 valve four cylinder volkswagen made at the time it was the optional engine on this car in europe and it was maxed out on bore there was no way you could go over two liters without adding more cylinders and so on it's what a two and a half liter inline six looks like i'm going to put it right here on top of the four cylinder and you'll see a problem right away the engine ends past the end of the car and doesn't even make room for accessories and belts on this side you can't say it this way because this is where the transmission starts and that's something you can't change so an inline six was never going to work another solution would be to take that six cylinder and split it in two doing a v6 and v6s are short so it would fit left to right but even if it did fit front to back it wouldn't leave room for things like a radiator or shock space and also v6s are very expensive to produce because they have two heads and if we're being honest they're also very clunky and generally don't sound very good.
The compromise came in the form of an engine design that Lancia had pioneered in 1922. angled from the typical 90 or 60 degrees of a v6 to just 15. That meant the cylinders would be close enough together that the engine could use its own a cylinder head, but more importantly a six cylinder fit where a four cylinder used to live. just bigger was cool and the magic sports car recipe was complete this is the vr6 displaced 2.8 liters and made 178 horsepower and man fixed the acceleration problem shaved almost 2 seconds off the 0-60 time which now is 6.4 seconds on its way to 141 miles per hour.
This put it at the absolute front of the super coupe class ahead of even the turbocharged four-wheel drive Eagle Talon and Mitsubishi Eclipse, but it wasn't speed that really mattered. transformed the Corrado, but the noise period. The road test described the four. the g60 cylinder sounded like the street banging of a majority oppa band but he praised the vr6 for creating music from the depths and heights of a grand symphony orchestra with a pop feel and that was before it was compared to mozart and f1 thats formula one not mclaren f1 though its a fun fact the mclaren f1 used the corrado side mirrors and nothing else anyway the biggest problem with the vr6 engine is that 30 years later we are all still wryly arguing about its name vw now it it calls v6 which is it's not but it's not an inline six either in fact that's why the vr6 was called vr6 it was a combination of v6 and r6 which is german abbreviation for inline six because it's a combination of both get the vr 6 it has its v-cylinder but uses offset crank pins to give it a six-cylinder firing order and it's almost as smooth as a six-cylinder and sounds like one too, just co n a bit of gurgling thanks to its head design.
I'll notice that I've said that Head has one, he only needs one and it's thanks to all the benefits of this pack that this really is the best of all worlds. The vr6 powered corrado also got some rather unusual updates while the four cylinder corrado was mostly a mark ii golf below the vr6 got its mark iii golf running gear which meant little things like a change from a rod to a cable-actuated shifter and five-lug wheels, but also a bulging hood and wider fenders to accommodate larger suspension components, the vr6 corado actually had better weight distribution than the old g60 and surpassed the already impressive handling and braking performance of that car;
In fact, it outperformed everything in its class, including the Acura Integra GSR and Eagle Talon TSI, but all of that performance came at a pretty steep price with the SLC badged here in America for the luxury sports coupe its bloated tag from the 17,900 of the original corrado to over 25k in the end that's like 45,000 of today's dollars enough to buy you a new subaru brz with enough money left over to buy a second used brz so corrado vr6 sales were abysmal though I'm not sure it's such a bad thing because if there's one more thing that always guarantees legendary status among sports cars it's scarcity transformed by one of the best-sounding engines ever put into a production car with amazing Italian looks and a great name.
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