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1.4-LITRE TURBO JOINS SIX-SPEED TRANS­MIS­SION

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Vauxhall re­veals the new Corsa GSi’s vi­tal sta­tis­tics.

Af­ter we re­vealed pho­tos of the new Corsa GSi in our last is­sue, we can now con­firm pow­er­train and per­for­mance stats ahead of the first ex­am­ples ar­riv­ing in dealer show­rooms this au­tumn.

Built on the most re­cent Corsa VXR chas­sis, the new GSi is pow­ered by a punchy 1.4-litre tur­bocharged en­gine with 148bhp and 220Nm of torque. The 0-62mph dash takes 8.9 sec­onds, with strong poke through to a max­i­mum speed of 128mph in fac­tory spec­i­fi­ca­tion. An am­ple 220Nm torque al­lied to a short-ra­tio six-speed gear­box also helps the GSi – more of a com­fort­ably warm hatch than a hot one – to ac­cel­er­ate from 50-70mph in fifth gear in just 9.9 sec­onds.

The GSi’s chas­sis of­fers all the grip and poise you’d ex­pect from a setup which pre­vi­ously un­der­pinned the Corsa VXR. Op­tional lightweight al­loys wrapped in 215/40/18 tyres com­plete the pack­age, en­cour­ag­ing an ap­peal­ing aes­thetic as sharp as the car’s han­dling abil­i­ties.

Large air in­takes and a sculpted bon­net set the GSi apart from its sta­ble­mates, while at the rear, a neat spoiler looks great and adds down­force at high speed. A chrome tailpipe joins dampers and brakes in­her­ited from the nowdis­con­tin­ued VXR.

Feed­back re­lat­ing to our re­veal of the new GSi has been largely pos­i­tive, with many of you post­ing on our so­cial me­dia chan­nels com­ment­ing how the cool Corsa packs many of the VXR’s high­lights with­out the ear­lier car’s as­so­ci­ated run­ning costs. Re­marks along the same lines have been said of the new In­signia GSi, a model we tested in our pre­vi­ous is­sue (or­der a copy at bit.ly/is­sue­spv). There are, of course, those of you who long to know whether the rein­tro­duc­tion of sub­tle GSis is a stop-gap in ad­vance of the launch of hot­ter VXRs. Vauxhall tells us that its work­ing hard to es­tab­lish a route for an ag­gres­sive, track-friendly VXRla­belled line of ve­hi­cles util­is­ing thor­oughly mod­ern en­gine tech­nol­ogy that can pro­duce big bhp whilst ad­her­ing to ever stricter emis­sions laws. In the mean­time, GSi of­fers spa­cious, lightweight, quick, well­han­dling cars, de­spite power fig­ures and dis­place­ment down on out­go­ing flag­ship mod­els. And if that’s any­thing to go by, the fu­ture for per­for­mance Vaux­halls – and what we hope forth­com­ing VXRs might be like – looks very bright in­deed.

Or­der books for the Corsa GSi open in July. Visit your lo­cal Vauxhall main dealer for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. Al­ter­na­tively, visit vauxhall.co.uk to­day.

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