Awesome power – in a hatchback.
Lining up on the grid is the new Corsa VXR, the ultra-powerful hatchback that’s set to outpace its rivals when it appears in the showrooms in May.
The three-door VXR comes with 17-inch alloys, beefed-up bumpers and Recaro racing seats. Beneath the bonnet, Vauxhall has fitted a retuned version of the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo from the outgoing model. It boasts 205PS and 245Nm of torque, with 280Nm Overboost and a 0-60 sprint time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 143mph.
“The Corsa VXR is fitted with a two-stage electronic stability programme. Select Competition Mode, and it turns off the traction control and relaxes the ESP, which can be completely deactivated for track use.”
Vauxhall has worked closely with damper-supplier, Koni, to develop a new technology, known as Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) for the new Corsa VXR. FSD allows damping forces to adapt to the car’s movements, ensuring that body control is maintained when the car is driven fast, but ride quality is optimised at lower speeds. In addition, the car’s ride height has been lowered by 10mm all round.
The Corsa VXR is also fitted with a two-stage electronic stability programme. Select Competition Mode, and it turns
off the traction control and relaxes the ESP, which can be completely deactivated for track use.
Customers who want to add that little bit extra can opt for the Performance Pack, which includes larger Brembo brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, firmer suspension and a Drexler limited-slip differential.
Standard bi-xenon lighting and a choice of six exterior colours help it to really stand out. An aggressive new front-end design features large air intakes and an aluminium-framed opening below the headlights, while a rear spoiler provides downforce over the back axle, with twin Remus exhaust pipes. Feel the power!
For more information on the Corsa VXR, visit www.vxr.co.uk