For hot hatch enthusiasts
The dynamic and versatile hatch has driving dynamics expected of the new Germans
OPEL has added a 110 kW Corsa hatch to its product line-up, which is aimed squarely at the Polo buyers and Opel said its German product is tuned for the more enthusiastic driver.
The Corsa Sport slots in just above the three-cylinder 1,0 litre turbocharged Cosmo model and rounds off a Corsa line-up of five models, namely the 1,0T Cosmo, 1,0T ecoFlex Enjoy, 1,0T Essentia and 1,4 six-speed Automatic.
The new model is a dynamic and versatile hatch equipped with a 1,4 turbo-charged ecoTec engine boasting a 110 kW at 5 000 rom and 220 Nm at 3 000 rpm. The 1,4 Turbo weighs just 118 kg and features a cast-iron block and aluminium cylinder head.
“Opel’s engineers have done an outstanding job with the Corsa Sport. It’s an exciting vehicle which looks good without being over the top and of course the driving dynamics exhibit the key characteristics we have come to expect of all our new Germans,” said Opel brand manager Christopher Cradock.
The Corsa 1,4T Sport is equipped with the latest engine from Opel’s ecoTec family of small petrol engines. Combining both performance and efficiency, the engine propels the Corsa from a standing start to 0-100 km/h in 9,6 seconds, with a top speed of 204 km/h.
The 1,4T Sport’s tested fuel consumption is 7,4 l/100 km in city driving.
Some of the engine’s notable features include a 16 valve cylinder head with natrium-cooled exhaust valves which allow for increased airflow, optimised inlet port and reduced component temperatures, thereby increasing performance.
Another key feature of this engine is the Double CamPhaser (D — CVCP) for increased airflow and optimised valve timing. This feature allows for reduced fuel consumption and increased performance.
Furthermore, as is the trend with Opel for downsizing engines, turbocharging is used to create low-end torque, enabling longer ratios to reduce fuel consumption and increase driver enjoyment.
Fuel consumption is further reduced by optimising oil pressure, reducing friction and controlling engine heat up, and cooling.
The Corsa Sport comes with a six-speed manual transmission with synchronised gears, including reverse, with short-shift travel. The gearbox has a cable shift system for improved shiftability, sync reverse gear, hydraulic clutch actuation, and low-viscosity oil.
To further optimise the ride and handling performance of the Corsa, the front suspension geometry has been optimised via changes on the front knuckle to improve vehicle roll behaviour, steering response and understeer behaviour. The vehicle has a lower centre of gravity and front spring rates adapted to axle loads to improve vehicle ride and pitch behaviour.
The changes are engineered to offer a significant improvement in ride, more stable and safer handling, better steering feel and precision as well as an improved NVH-behaviour.
To further improve refinement, the new Corsa has a Neutral Torque Axis (NTA) engine mounting system with two loadcarrying mounts to the body and one torque mount attached to the sub frame. This system contributes to the driving comfort, improves fuel economy since idle can be lowered, has excellent idle shake insulation performance and improves the NVH behaviour.
The Corsa Sport comes standard with six air bags and a five-star NCAP safety rating, but also has several optional driver-assistance systems that are unique in this class.
These include 25 Watt bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light control and LED daytime running lights. The static cornering lights are triggered when the indicators are activated or when reverse gear is selected, providing added illumination of corners and obstacles.
Opel’s new-generation Advanced Park Assist 2 (APA2), available as an option on Enjoy, Cosmo derivatives and Sport, identifies suitable parking spaces under 30 km/h and automatically parks the vehicle, without the driver touching the wheel.
The ultrasonic sensor-based system, which uses front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, measures parallel or perpendicular parking spots, calculates the vehicle’s trajectory and automatically steers the Corsa into a space. The driver just controls acceleration, deceleration and gear selection.
APA2 partners with Side Blind Spot Alert, which also uses the ultrasonic sensors to warn the driver of an imminent collision when changing lanes.
The sensors have a range of three metres to the left and right of the car, enabling them to detect objects or other vehicles in the driver’s blind spot. Whenever another vehicle comes within range of the sensors, a warning LED illuminates in the relevant exterior door mirror. The system is active up to 140 km/h. — WR.
MODEL LINE-UP AND PRICING
Corsa 1,0T Essentia R185 500
Corsa 1,0T Enjoy R216 200 Corsa 1,4 Enjoy AT R216 500 Corsa 1,0T Cosmo R236 300 Corsa 1,4 T Sport R255 200
Apart from the plush interior, the Corsa hatch boasts several optional driver-assistance systems that are unique in this class.
The new Opel Corsa hatch is aimed squarely at VW Polo buyers.