This is what it’s all about. An obscure high-performance model based on a car you never thought deserved such a treatment made in extremely low…
Nope, we’re not done with the Corrado parade yet! Today’s car combines the sonorous VR6 with a great color, a fantastic collection of special parts, and – for good measure – a Z-Engineering supercharger. Additional goodies include a Schrick intake manifold and camshafts, KW Coilover Variant 3 coilover suspension, AutoTech Sport Tuning braces and brake components, 16″ Speedline wheels, a Euro-style front lip spoiler, E-code headlights, and a Techtonics Tuning exhaust system. It’s just about as close as you can come to a greatest hits album for Corrados, and it has under 40,000 miles. You can probably guess where this is going in terms of price, but let’s take a closer look:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Supercharged 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC on eBay
When it launched in the late 1980s as a replacement to the ancient Scirocco, the Corrado was Volkswagenâ€™s attempt to appeal to the Porsche crowd. With the supercharged G60 motor that may have been somewhat farcical, but when VW dropped the narrow-angle 2.8 liter VR6 into the nose of their 2-door Coupe it became more of a reality. Though on paper it didnâ€™t have much more power, the VR6 was better suited to the design and weight of the Corrado. Zero to 60 plummeted nearly a second and top speed went up to a then-impressive 137 mph. But it was the all-around flexibility of the motor that proved the winner; torquey at low revs yet happy to head towards the redline, the Corrado finally fulfilled the promise of being a budget P-car.
Unfortunately, there was a price to pay. The base price for a Corrado in 1992 was nearly $22,000. Add a few options in and you were paying more than you did for a Porsche 924S four years earlier. To put it into even more stark perspective, the base price of a much quicker, nicer, more efficient, better cornering, better braking, more technologically impressive, and significantly safer GTI today is only $28,600 some 29 years later; correct for inflation, and you understand how expensive these hot hatches were. As a result, Corrados and especially the SLC have always held a cult status and higher residual value than the rest of the lineup. Today’s market loves them, as well.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC on eBay
Will the second generation R32 ever reach collector status? In January I took a look at a pretty nice example in signature Deep Blue Pearl:
I was left pretty unimpressed by the lack of detail on what should have been a pretty prime example. However, I found an even better one to consider, and pricing…well, let’s just say it’s not cheap.