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1992 Corrado SLC VR6

1992 Corrado SLC VR6

This 1992 Corrado SLC/VR6 is owned by one of Apex Tuning’s owners, Kevin C. He purchased the car in 2007 from a local enthusiast and long time friend. As with any other Corrado, the first steps included catching up on maintenance and working out all of the kinks to make sure that the car was a reliable candidate for the extensive work to come.

The “Yarrado” has been a long term project, which began with the addition of a turbo kit in 2009. In early 2011, Kevin decided to go all in and transform the Corrado into a beautiful show car while maintaining the insane performance that the turbocharged VR6 delivers. This included swapping the almost-stock VR lump with a fully built and overbored 2.9 block complete with Schimmel head and 6-speed 02M transmission. As you can see below, supporting all of this additional power required a lot of upgraded parts. This setup ended up making a stout 535hp at only 20psi.

In addition to the upgraded power, Kevin chose to build the one of the sexiest Corrados in the country. This included dozens of hours of shaving, tweaking, pulling, and reworking the body, courtesy of another longtime friend, Juan Perez. Juan’s attention to detail and desire for perfection led to several changes in the overall vision. For example, he insisted that the fuel door be shaved to achieve symmetry between the two sides of the car. After Juan worked his magic on the body, one of Juan’s colleagues at the body shop, Daniel, sprayed the car in the limited-edition R8 color Ipanema Brown, a metallic copper color with three coats of clear that gives the car an incredible finish.

In the quest for a more drivable setup on mountain roads, we decided to swap in the 24 valve 3.2L Vr6 from an R32. A great setup that just needed a bit more on top so Supercharger Innovations was contacted to create a bracket kit for a Vortech V1 blower on the 3.2 in the Corrado chassis. To reduce the chance of belt slip, a cogged pulley setup was created. Quite possibly the only 3.2L swapped V1 cogged Corrado in existence, this setup makes approximately 350hp with a very linear powerband suited for canyon carving.


  • 3.2L VR6
  • Techtonics 264 Camshaft Set
  • Supercharger Innovations One-off 24v V1 Swap Brackets
  • Vortech V1 Supercharger Cogged Pulley – 7psi
  • Mk5 R32 Shorty Oilpan and Oil Pump
  • VEMS Standalone – Motorsport Harness with Bosch MS Coilpack
  • Swoops built Headers – Ceracoated Satin Black 2K*
  • CTS Short Runner Intake manifold
  • Forge BOV
  • Schimmel Billet Oil Filter Housing
  • Integrated Engineering SAI blockoff
  • 3″ MBS Stainless Exhaust with Vibrant HF Cat and Borla Muffler
  • Swoops Crankcase Vent
  • Vibrant Vacuum Manifold
  • Vibrant 550hp Intercooler Core with 2.5″ piping
  • Bosch 550cc Injectors
  • RCI 8 Gallon Fuel Cell
  • Walbro 255 Pump with Inline filter
  • Aeromotive Adjustable FPR
  • 034 Motorsport Polished Fuel Rail
  • Full -6an hose from cell to rail
  • Eurowise Polished Thermostat Housing
  • OEM MK3 VR6 Radiator
  • 12″ Spal Slim Fans – VEMS controlled
  • 42DD Polished Aluminum Crack Pipe
  • Silicone Coolant Hose with Gates Powergrip Clamps


  • 02M 6-speed Manual Swap
  • Peloquin Limited-Slip Differential
  • South Bend Stage 2 Endurance Clutch
  • South Bend Flywheel
  • Driveshaft Shop Level 2.9 axles
  • Sdzego 02M Mounts
  • Dieselgeek Sigma 6 Short Shifter
  • True Manual Rack conversion


  • CCW Classic 17×8.5″ Staggered Offset – Ceramic Polished
  • Koni Coilovers
  • Dunlop Star Spec 215/40/17


  • 12.3″ TT Front Brake Swap with Mk4 Rear Calipers
  • Hawk HPS Brake Pads
  • ABS Delete with 25.4 Audi Master
  • Haggard Fab Polished Reservoir
  • Custom Nicop lines ran to all 4 corners – Stainless braided ends to calipers


  • Full Color Change in Audi Ipanema Brown
  • Shaved Roof Rails
  • Shaved Rear Wiper
  • Shaved Rear VW Logo and Body Seams
  • Fenders Pulled 2″
  • Shaved Side Mirrors
  • Shaved Fuel Door
  • Custom Engine Bay Frame Rail Covers
  • VR6 Relayed E-Codes
  • B3 Passat Glass Moonroof
  • Spoonfed 70mm Front Lip
  • Spoonfed Raintray Cover
  • Spoonfed Windshield Trim w/ Wiper Delete
  • Spoonfed Door Sills
  • Spoonfed Euro Plate Tub


  • Corbeau Seats with Diamond Stitch microsuede centers
  • Schroth Autocontrol Harnesses
  • Custom Color Matched Chromoly 4-point Roll Bar
  • Momo Wheel and Shift Knob

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