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Vauxhall's hot new Corsa VXR

 
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Vauxhall's hot new Corsa VXR

Vauxhall's hot new Corsa VXR

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GM British division, Vauxhall, has just announced the 190hp Corsa VXR, its hottest ever hatchback. Based on the 3-door Corsa, the VXR version gets a new bodykit, upgraded chassis, and a 1.6L turbo engine. That’s enough to give the supermini a 0-62mph time of only 6.8s and a max speed of 140mph.

Apart from the 18” alloys, the VXR’s bodykit gets a deeper front air dam and sideskirts. A new exhaust, diffuser, and rear spoiler round out the package. Underneath, Vauxhall has tweaked with the damper and spring settings, as well as giving the engine an overboost function to boost torque momentarily.

Buyers also get Recaro racing seats, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and metallic accents through the cockpit. The Corsa VXR is expected to cost around £15,595 when it’s released at the Geneva Motor Show, undercutting rivals such as the Renault Clio 197 and Mini Cooper S.

Update: The Vauxhall Corsa VXR is closely related to the Opel Corsa OPC, which was also launched today. Images and press release for the OPC edition after the jump.

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Opel Builds Most Powerful Corsa Ever

* 192 hp and top speed of 225 km/h

* Pure Corsa driving fun

* Corsa OPC world premiere in Geneva

Rüsselsheim. Opel has shifted into top gear with the new Corsa. Following the successful market launch of the bestseller’s fourth generation, Opel now sends the sporty top version on to the road. The OPC model is the quintessential expression of the Corsa’s dynamic character, with top-level agility and vehicle control promising pure driving fun. Its 1.6-liter turbo engine with 141 kW/192 hp accelerates the compact three-door from zero to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and enables a top speed of 225 km/h. The maximum torque of 230 Nm, which can be temporarily increased to over 260 Nm via an 'overboost' function, is delivered to the front wheels by the standard six-speed transmission. This level of performance provides the newest member of the sporty OPC family with superb propulsion power in all driving situations. For instance, accelerating from 80 to 120 km/h takes just 6.7 seconds in fifth gear. The Corsa OPC requires 7.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, a moderate figure in this performance class. It makes its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, shortly before its market launch.

The top-of-the-line Corsa’s look also reflects pure sportiness. The roof spoiler, as well as the powerful front and rear aprons with distinctive gill-like air intakes and outlets make the OPC a real eye-catcher. Elements such as the darkly contrasting diffuser with integrated, centrally located triangular tailpipe and specially designed exterior mirrors are just a few examples of how much attention to detail was put into further developing the Corsa’s bold, sporty character.

The Corsa OPC’s chassis has a unique, even sportier character thanks to extensive modifications. Through intensive tuning drives on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, engineers were able to achieve a sophisticated balance of agile handling and pronounced vehicle control. Key modifications include a stronger rear axle profile and adjusted torsion beam rear axle weld-in angle, new spring/dampener tuning, lowering of the chassis by 10 mm and a larger stabilizer. The standard ESP system, which can be deactivated, has also been tuned to the car’s sporty character. The new Corsa OPC comes with 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45 R17 tires ex works, while 18-inch rims and size 225 tires are available as an option. The large 16-inch brake system with blue painted brake calipers ensures powerful deceleration: the Corsa OPC boasts internally ventilated, 308 mm front disk brakes and 264 mm disk brakes at the rear.

Sportiness also dominates the Corsa OPC’s cockpit. In addition to the typical OPC door sills, chrome-ringed instruments with red pointers and blue-ringed air vents (also available in silver), the flat-bottomed leather sports steering wheel is especially eye-catching. Also reminiscent of motor sport vehicles, the steering wheel features a blue (or optionally silver) ring at its crown, while the center console in piano lacquer finish and aluminum pedals underline the sporty, high quality ambience. Particularly striking are the newly developed Recaro sports seats with integrated head restraints. The race-car-like seats protect both the driver and front passenger with integrated side airbags − a world premiere for this type of seat.

The introduction of the Corsa expands Opel’s OPC program to five model lines. The top-of-the-line Vectra OPC with 206 kW/280 hp is available as a sedan or station wagon. The Zafira OPC − the fastest production van in the world with a top speed of 231 km/h − and the Astra OPC both have a 177 kW/240 hp, two-liter turbo engine. The Meriva OPC is powered by an engine similar to that of the Corsa OPC: with 132 kW/180 hp and a top speed of over 220 km/h, the versatile five-seater is unique in the minivan segment.

“The OPC models embody pure sportiness, infusing the brand with emotion and passion. That is why the OPC version fits brilliantly to the new Corsa, which is positioned as a young car offering plenty of fun,” says Alain Visser, Executive Director, European Opel Marketing.

as an option. The large 16-inch brake system with blue painted brake calipers ensures powerful deceleration: the Corsa OPC boasts internally ventilated, 308 mm front disk brakes and 264 mm disk brakes at the rear.

Sportiness also dominates the Corsa OPC’s cockpit. In addition to the typical OPC door sills, chrome-ringed instruments with red pointers and blue-ringed air vents (also available in silver), the flat-bottomed leather sports steering wheel is especially eye-catching. Also reminiscent of motor sport vehicles, the steering wheel features a blue (or optionally silver) ring at its crown, while the center console in piano lacquer finish and aluminum pedals underline the sporty, high quality ambience. Particularly striking are the newly developed Recaro sports seats with integrated head restraints. The race-car-like seats protect both the driver and front passenger with integrated side airbags − a world premiere for this type of seat.

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  1. I know this has been said before but BRING IT HERE TO USA! Geez! What could be holding this back? Besides crash regulations? Or is this the next Cobalt?
     
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  2. anyone knows what the price is on one of these babys?
     
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  3. Bring It on to South Africa, I'm deffinately getting one as soon as they are released here. The price is totally worth it!!!
     
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  4. these cars are hot and im 1 of the biggest opel fans and this one of the reasons tobe a opel fan im proud of my cars!!
     
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  5. Iv just ordered 1 of these babys, in Arden blue, 3 month wait, get it at xmas, so worth the wait!!!
     
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  6. look,s nice daer bet it go,s lik mad
     
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