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Covering Sports cars & Supercars

The Design of Speed

1988-1995 Volkswagen Corrado

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Turns out we were wrong about which company released the first adjustable aerodynamic device on a production car. It wasn't Porsche, but venerable Volkswagen, with their Corrado hot hatchback. The Corrado's wing extended at 45 mph and retracted at 15 mph.

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The Corrado was designed by Herbert Schafer, and served as the eventual replacement to the VW Scirrocco, the company's previous sportscar. Based on a front-wheel drive design, the Corrado came with a number of engines, from 1.8 and 2 liter inline 4's, including a 160 horsepower supercharged version called the G60, all the way up to a 2.9 liter 187 horsepower VR6.

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The Corrado sold fairly well for VW, and almost 100,000 were produced.


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