As we’ve previously covered, the Volkswagen Corrado has been since new a popular tuning platform. Whether in supercharged G60 early form or the later VR6 model, avid enthusiasts snap these cars up and generally quickly set about customizing and personalizing the sporty coupes. On paper, the Corrado reads effectively just like a GTi – but to Volkswagen faithful, the coupe’s name carries so much more weight. Like a sports hero entering a local bar on game day, Volkswagen fans gasp, smile and utter expletives when they see a Corrado in any shape. Expensive when new and always holding more value than their brethren, they’ve remained somewhat elusive compared to the more mundane GTi and GLX models that ran alongside them. So, even if you find a model that isn’t 100% to your liking it may be worth investigating to see if you can re-customize it to your taste:
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I often sit back and wonder if Porsche will take the plunge once again and create a front-engined, four-cylinder coupe. With ever rising fuel costs and emissions concerns, it seems the time is ripe to exploit this market niche. Would a modern day version of the car we see here, the 968, work? One may never know. But in the meantime, why not enjoy the ultimate example of what was highly regarded as one of the best handling cars of its time? This 968 for sale in Georgia is originally a Southwest car, having over 100,000 miles on the clock and a host of maintenance items addressed as of late.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 968 on eBay
This Corrado is all kinds of interesting: automatic; low-mileage; Japanese market; and currently residing in Poland. Although the price is a bit of a shock, the mileage is impressively low. But what to do about that automatic? Given how torque-rich this motor is, I understand the pairing, especially being a Japanese market vehicle. So many exotics from that neck of the woods have automatics to contest with traffic congestion that it comes as no surprise a car like the Corrado has an automatic and saw limited use since 1992. Still, you’d have to really want one just like this to justify paying close to $12,000 before you put it on a boat and ship it over.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC on eBay
If Thursday’s 3.6 Turbo S has you thinking about the 964 Turbo, but perhaps not one sitting at the very top of the market, then the car here may suit your needs a little bit better. Here we have an example from the first iteration of these cars that utilized a refined version of the 930’s well-known 3.3 liter turbocharged flat-six. While the 3.3 liter 964 Turbo doesn’t have quite the power of the later 3.6 Turbo, it relies on a proven powertrain that still delivers exceptional performance capable of providing plenty of wild rides for any driver whose attention wanes at the wrong moment. While the Carrera 4 first was introduced with the 964, the 964 Turbo itself remained rear-wheel drive only. The example here is a Guards Red over Black 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo, located in Ohio, with only 36,630 miles on it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Porsche 911 Turbo on eBay
The numbers would suggest that there are many better performance options than the BMW E31. Even in top-spec CSi trim, there are faster, flashier cars that are available for less – sometimes much less. For example, you could have a much quicker 996 Turbo today for less money than the asking price of most CSis. Indeed, if you’d like to save a lot of money, there are other options too; countless AMG Mercedes, 928s – even a stray E24 M6 will give the CSi a run for its money. But the combination of style, presence and the promise of exclusivity have their own draw much as they do with other notorious under-performers, such as the Grand Touring Ferraris. Can you buy a Corvette that’s faster? Yes, but that’s not the point. However, the CSi is still a lot of money for most people to consider, especially for an occasional car. Back down your expectations a notch, though, and you can get 85% of the CSi if you look in the early 850i 6-speeds: