Volkswagen Golf (Mk3) VR6
The Golf Mk3 GTI was a disappointment for hothatch enthusiasts. After been the king of the pack since 1979, VW needed something quicker to regain customer satisfaction with their hot-hatch offering. Enter the Golf VR6. The engine was impressive. Not only because it pushed out 128 kW, but because of its compact design and engineering advancements. In 1993, CAR clocked a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 7,98 seconds and a top speed of 222 km/h. The VR6 allowed VW afficionados to hold on to their bragging rights.
Golf VR6. And the main mechanical difference between it and the R32 is the VR6’s lack of all-wheel drive. However, this makes the latter lighter and allows for more of its kilowatts to be used for pulling it merrily along without the burden of overcoming all-paw driveline friction.
The Corrado 2.9lt VR6 arrived in 1991, packing an extra 2 cylinders under its bonnet and raised the power levels to 190hp. Although it gained some extra weight , it still set a blistering 0-60 time of 6.2sec, while top speed increased (147mph). The Corrado featured a unique wedge profile, eye-catching lines, chunky wheel arches, and something the others could only dream of, an active rear spoiler that raised at cruising speeds. How cool is that! The active spoiler raises automatically when the car exceeds 50 mph and retracts below 15 mph. It can also be manually operated via a switch.
Oh, and it’s about a quarter of the price of the cheapest R32 as well.
While the bulk of R32s are based on the current-model MkV Golf (the first one we saw here was built around the platform of the previous MkIV model), the VR6 is a generation older. So it doesn’t look as uber-cool and nor is it as solidly built.
The VR6’s front-drive platform was tied down more firmly than a conventional Golf as a means of making it handle better (which it did) as well as accounting for the kilos gained when you strip out a four-cylinder engine and drop in a larger V6. 📷 @vw_is_a_lifestyle