Corsa you can
Dear Opel: Send us this hot hatch for Christmas
THE hot hatch market could have another European contender. Opel’s Corsa has just been released in Britain in its most powerful incarnation yet, the VXR Nurburgring Edition.
Australians haven’t seen a decent hot hatch from GMsince the Holden Barina SRi bit the dust in 2005, but with the impending return of Opel, there may be a Holden-badged successor.
Officially there’s nothing more from Opel on its Australian model line-up beyond what was revealed by Opel business and product planning vicepresident Frank Weber.
All are under study, because it only makes sense to come to the market with a certain portfolio size and where you are also different from what Holden has,’’ he said at the Geneva motor show.
But given there’s a chance of a production hot Astra, the version from Opel Performance Centre has a shot of making the boat as well.
On sale in Britain next month with a Vauxhall badge and a $33,975 price-tag, the VXR Nurburgring edition uses the same 1.6-litre turbo four of the existing VXR. The powerplant produces 151kW (up from 141kW) and between 250-280Nm (up from 230-266Nm) with the benefit of an overboost function.
Modified engine management and turbocharger system, sports exhaust with reduced back pressure and an appetite for 98RON PULP— all have contributed to the rise in power. The hot little mite has a mechanical limited-slip diff to temper the anger from the front wheels, which also takes care of any throttle-induced understeer or torque steer.
It has lighter but larger Brembo brakes and recalibrated stability and anti-lock brake systems. The VXR is good for 0-100km/h in under seven seconds, with a top speed of 230km/h.
Heated debate: Opel’s hot little Corsa (left and below) hits the track for testing