Volkswagen Corrado — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Volkswagen Corrado is a sports coupe vehicle manufactured by the German marque Volkswagen. It was marketed only between 1988 and 1995. Although VAG’s original intention was to replace its predecessor, the Corrado was sold in parallel to the Volkswagen Scirocco Mk2. This forced the brand to find a gap in the market, so the Corrado was sold as a more interesting alternative to the successful Scirocco. However, in markets where the Scirocco was no longer sold, the Corrado was seen as its replacement.

This coupe was built on the Volkswagen Group A2 platform, also used by the Volkswagen Golf Mk2 and VW Jetta II. Even so, models with VR6 engine equipped components (such as the suspension) that came from the A3 platform.

All Corrado versions were front-engined and front-wheel drive. Only petrol/gasoline engines were available. The inline four-cylinder versions had 16 valves and could be purchased both naturally aspirated and supercharged. In 1992, Volkswagen updated the range with two-liter naturally aspirated variants. On the other hand, there were two variants with the 12-valve VR6 engine.

Volkswagen Corrado G60

However, the most beloved versions of this model were the Corrado G60 and the Corrado G60 Jet. Both versions were marketed only in Germany and equipped with a supercharger to maximize fuel economy. This model was marketed for a very short time before the release of the V6-engined model. Fun fact: the total number of G60 / G60 Jet units sold is not known.

Barely 100,000 units of the Volkswagen Corrado were sold. However, many motoring journalists considered this 2+2 coupe in its VR6 version as one of the best sports cars of all time. Their biggest criticism was the price, which was the cause of its low sales. Due to this phenomenon, this model is becoming somewhat more coveted today among those looking to own a future classic car.

There was only one generation of this vehicle. Its spiritual successor is considered to be the Volkswagen Scirocco Mk3, launched in 2008.

Volkswagen Corrado. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Volkswagen Corrado models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Volkswagen Corrado models.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Volkswagen Corrado I – First Generation (Tipo 53i) (1989)


Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the Volkswagen Corrado Gen 1.

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

  • KR 1.8 16V 136 CV (1989 – 1992)
  • PG 1.8 G60 160 CV (1988 – 1993)
  • PL 1.8 16V (1989 – 1993)
  • ADY 2.0 i 115 CV (1993 – 1995)
  • 2E 2.0 115 CV (1993 – 1995)
  • 9A 2.0 i 16V 136 CV (1991 – 1995)
  • AAA 2.8 VR6 174 CV (1991 – 1995)
  • ABV 2.9 VR6 190 CV (1991 – 1995)

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