For hot hatch en­thu­si­asts

The dy­namic and ver­sa­tile hatch has driv­ing dy­nam­ics ex­pected of the new Ger­mans

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

State-of-the-art driv­e­train

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.

Dy­namic han­dling

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.

Driver-as­sis­tance op­tions

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

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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.

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