Volkswagens Corrado – A sure fire future classic

cr 8ed21a8168ca0a08286fb88d71b55af0 VW Corrado 2014Author:  Robbin Florin
 
Volkswagens have always been known as "people's cars" this is actually what the name means.

They have maintained a great reputation for being solid and reliable cars and this is what has drawn so many buyers to them even over the desirability of the sporty GTi models such as the Golf.

In 1989 Volkswagen unveiled the Volkswagen Corrado. This was a new Volkswagen that broke the mould in terms of design and elegance and it went on to be Volkswagens fast ever car. Unfortunately after six years the model was to be discontinued due to cost cutting and the low profit margins in the vehicle.

The first UK right hand drive model Corrado's arrive in May of 1989 and had the Golf GTi 1.8 litre 16 valve engine fitted. Two years later after desirability for a higher performance model Volkswagen announced the arrival in April 1991 of the supercharged G60 model. This had previously been available only as a special order in left hand drive.

These early models all had alloy wheels, power steering and central locking as standard and a rear spoiler which was electronically controlled to rise automatically at 40mph. This was a feature that people loved similar to the Porsche 911 but it was more likely to be a selling feature than actually required for the aerodynamics.

1992 saw the 1.8 litre engine replaced with a 2.0 litre unit with a catalytic converter being mandatory. ABS brakes were also added with an increased torque to improve driveability but the power output of 136bhp remaining the same as the 1.8 litre model.

September of the same year saw the six cylinder VR6 engine included in the Corrado model line-up.  This was a 2.9 litre unit based on the Golf VR6's 2.8 and took the Corrado to become Volkswagens first 150mph car. They also included the option of an automatic transmission but production of the car only lasted a short period of time and production was ended in 1996.

With regard to specification, all models specs were high but the later models did have slightly better equipment hence these are the most desirable of the bunch.

Whichever model you decide to go for you will have a gorgeous looking sports coupe that can seat four adults comfortably and still looks great today in 2013.

Obviously the brand is renowned for its reliability and with the Volkswagen network parts aren't a problem although they aren't now as readily available as they once were and can be pricey.

The Corrado's handling is superb with excellent suspension and a fantastic chassis, show any variant of the Corrado a long winding road and it will lap it up with love even if a little of the firm side but this is a sports car…

This is probably Volkswagens best ever sports coupe and is still hugely popular with enthusiasts worldwide with owners clubs plentiful. An excellent car that is sure to be a future classic.

 

Robbin Florin

 

I have spent all my working life involved in the UK motor trade. I have written articles for Wikipedia as well as car selling websites such as dealerbid.co.uk

2014 Volkswagen Polo R

The wait is almost over…the VW Polo R will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this Spring/2013!

The Polo R will be upgraded with neat new features to accommodate Volkswagen's customer base.  The 2014 Polo R will be derived based on speed to its loyal customer pool.  The Polo R is known for its high performance in the VW product line up.  As the R&D group continues its fine tuning there is excitement building for the vehicles arrival in the spring of 2013.

The Polo R is a fast and sporty vehicle displaying large rims and ground effect displays.  While the design continues to trend there is a belief that the brake system could be significantly upgraded due to previous customer dissatisfaction.  Perhaps the greatest improvement can be found in the engine.  Because the Polo R is known for its speed, the VW engineers increased its power to the 225 – 230 Horsepower range. It is anticipated to be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine benchmarked off the GTI MK6.

The Sedan model will be powered with a 1.6 liter @ 4 cylinder engine combined with a 6 speed automatic transmission.  The front fascia will be distinctive but still resembles previous Volkswagen models.  Both the 15 inch alloy wheels and fog lamps remain as standard options.  In essence, the VW Polo Sedan remains slightly longer than its European counterpart hatchback allowing for additional rear legroom for its loyal passengers. 

 

It is expected that the 2014 Volkswagen Polo R will hit a speed of 60 mph within about 6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 150 mph.  With these type of stats it's no wonder that the upcoming Polo R will be a huge success come its initial arrival in March/2013!

 

 

Standard Features:

 

CD/MP3 player is included in the base model

 

ABS and dual airbags (standard on the Polo sedan)

 

Electric adjustable side mirrors

 

Electric remote unlocking (boot lid)

Leather wrapped steering wheel

 

Gear knob

 

Central locking

 

Optional Features:

 

Parking sensors

 

Automatic air-conditioning

Volkswagen Golf R

cr 94f0680845aae327387c7e066df69b41 VW Golf R VIIVolkswagen's Golf R is the most robust Golf vehicle in North America.  It supplants the VR6-powered R32 models that were produced from 2004 and 2008.  Volkswagen is shouting "ausbruch" (a term used to suggest break out) whereby it will present the Golf VII R concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.  Available in 2 or 4 door bodystyles, the Golf R will be powered by a 256-hp 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine in conjunction with a six-speed manual transmission.  Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system technology  is capable of directing 100-percent of its torque to the rear wheels when required.

It is anticipated that the Golf R will show off a turbocharged 2.0-liter EA888 engine currently used in a combination of Volkswagen and Audi models(These include the Audi TT and the Volkswagen GTI). VW’s turbocharged 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder offers a robust engine package for the consumer.

The R engine could comprehend about 285 horsepower to achieve 250 km/h (155 mph).  While the R does not boast great acceleration data figures don' be fooled as the pickup is dramatic.  The brakes are precision sharp as well for the sporting driver.  The Volkswagen R comes only with a manual six speed transmission allowing for quick and short shifts.  The gearbox is vey crisp and functional.  A hill holder feature is also available which holds the vehicle in place for a few seconds on a hill to resist gravity from rolling backwards.  The sport-tuned suspension allows the driver to really feel the road dynamics.

The interior is outstanding.  The sport steering wheel is really neat being equipped with both audio and bluetooth controls.  The easy manuevrability via the steering wheel is evident and responsive.  The leather wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim(dash/doors/pedals) and R logo presented in the vehicle make for a solid interior layout.

Large front air intakes and LED daytime running lights are easily noticeable on the exterior.  Also on the exterior is a rear bumper which includes a diffuser and dual exhaust tips.  The R comes fully loaded with the only option coming in the paint color.  The R is basically an Audi disguised as a Volkswagen including a powerful engine, seamless transmission and an intelligent AWD.

The Golf R should be exciting in 2013. With the Geneva Motor Show on the horizon(starting with its press days on 3/5/2013), consumers won't need to be in suspense much longer before what is frozen in the giant ice block is revealed!

 

Options:

Power sunroof

Dynaudio sound system

Navigation package

 

Standard Options:

Dual-zone climate control

Bluetooth

Adaptive Bi-Xenon Headlights

Six airbags

Heated leather seats

Keyless access/start

18-inch alloy wheels

Black painted brake calipers with the R logo

 

Golf R

Volkswagen 2014 Bulli

cr 7832e432cbc9c9544da7b8b1dca81e79 Volkswagen 2014 BulliVolkswagen has come up with a family concept microbus which is making its way towards production. The Bulli provides for a large inner space for its passengers, its primary feature.  Mixing both classic and modern design, its persona translates into a smart and sassy family model. The Volkswagen Bulli is no ordinary vehicle, however, with high acceleration and speed.  Its square and boxy appearance provides for the packaging space though the main design is closer to the T1 model.  Some say it is a "squatter" when you look at it.  Regardless, it is a five passenger van utilizing the next generation Golf as its surrogate.  It will inherit an ECO friendly status with a hybrid diesel or electric operating system.  It is much different to the present day Transporter and provides a flash of nostalgia for would be buyers.  It has seating arranged in two rows and it also has rear seats that can fold completely flat thus providing for in car camping potential.

 

The latest version vehicle with include conventional front drive architecture based off the same platform linking to the Volkswagen Passat, Golf and Jetta.  It will include a turbocharged four cylinder diesel engine. The Volkswagen engine is capable of reaching 62 miles per hour in just about 11.5 seconds.

 

Volkswagen's strategy of including multiple models on a single platform bodes well for the Bulli.  Some say that the new van is simply a reconfiguration of the Volkswagen Microbus concept which showed up 10 years ago.

 

Volkswagen hopes to draw consumers with strong emotions similar like the Beetle to its USA showrooms.  The pricing of the Volkswagen Bulli could be quite high if the vehicle gets produced in Europe.  Ready for its official debut in the fall of 2013, sales should begin in 2014 at a sticker price starting at about $32,000 – $40,000 USD.  The Bulli will have stiff competition with Chrysler's Town and Country along with Honda's Odyssey, Toyota's Sienna and Nissan's Quest vehicles.

 

Volkswagen 2014 Bulli

 

Official Photos of Volkswagen Up! 5-Door

Volkswagen Up! Five-Door

The Volkswagen Up! scores success which makes Das Auto has to drop another version, a five-door version to be exact. To know the first public reaction, Das Auto released sets of official photos of the five-door city car and some details as well. Judging by the photos, not much of changes on the Up! five-door as the size is similar with the three-door version, as well as the engine choices and features. So, although you know the general features, you still curious about the design and styling, right?

Volkswagen Up! Five-Door side view

What makes the new Volkswagen Up! five-door different from the three-door version is the fact that the city car gets additional extra two doors. The rear passengers has 79.5mm (31.1-inches) of legroom and 94.7cm (37.3-inches) of headroom. We know you don’t like the figures, but we have to share with you so you know how much the dimension of this vehicle. For the luggage space, autoevolution.com mentioned that the total amount of space is 252 liters or equals to 8.9 cubic-feet and can be extended by folding the rear seats up to 951 liters or 33.6 cubic-feet.

Volkswagen Up! Five-Door rear view

Since the engine choice is the same with the three-door Up!, the five-door version of German city is powered by two versions of 1.0L three-cylinder units with total power output of 60 and 75 horsepower. The basic price tag for this vehicle is €10,325 which means that there has been €475 increase over the three-door model. The order for Volkswagen Up! five-door starts on March with the delivery might be around May for the German market with other markets could be launched on summer.