Vauxhall have announced they will unleash the Corsa VXR at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. This new powerful hot hatch benefits from significant changes and alterations in technology, chassis, design elements for both the interior and exterior.
The powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged engine produces 202bhp and enables this hot-hatch to go from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds. Top speed is 143mph. The torque in the VXR model is found lower in the rev range than that of the Nurburgring and Club Sport models – meaning it can go from 50-75mph in 6.6 seconds, in fifth gear. An over boost facility jumps the torque up to 315Nm, rather than the normal 280Nm, to make overtaking quick and clean. Despite this impressive performance, the VXR is still able to achieve 37.7mph on a combined cycle.
Power is delivered to the front wheels through a six speed manual gearbox. Vauxhall have also worked closely with their damper suppliers, Koni, to ensure that maximum control is achieved when at high speeds but comfort is not compromised when travelling at lower speeds around town. Also, for the first time the VXR will be available with an electronic stability programme (ESP) and traction control. Alteration to the steering has also been made for a more direct and precise approach whilst the driver experiences better feedback through the wheel.
Six colours are available for the new VXR to help you stand out from competitors in the same class. Aerodynamic enhancements including a rear spoiler make the car a more purposeful and intimidating machine. Inside, Recaro seats come as standard, a leather flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports pedals, as well as bespoke VXR gear lever and instruments. There’s also a heated front windscreen and Intellilink connectivity for iOS and Android devices.
To optimise the Corsa VXR further, a performance package is also available which includes features previously seen on the Nurburgring and Club Sport models. Main differences include a limited slip differential, larger Brembo front brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels and more focused FSD damper settings.