All-new Corsa VXR revealed ahead of Geneva debut

Vauxhall has revealed the first official images of the all-new Corsa VXR hot hatch ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Based on the recently-launched new Corsa, the VXR version features significant sporting updates to its chassis, exterior and interior, and Vauxhall says it will “raise the bar” when it arrives later in May.

Powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, which generates 202bhp with 280Nm of torque, the Corsa VXR can do 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds, with a top speed of 143mph.

Overboost function

The latest model to be released under the mighty VXR banner, the new model also features an overboost function with an additional 35Nm of torque, which is ideal for sudden but safe overtaking.

Its revised exterior features an aggressive new front end with large air intakes and an aluminium-framed vent below the headlights, while a bonnet scoop and side-sill extensions lend it extra racy credentials.

At the rear, it features a rear spoiler and twin Remus exhaust pipes to make it stand out from the crowd, while a total of six exterior colours are available, including model-exclusive Flash Blue.

On the inside, the Corsa VXR comes standard with Recaro seats and a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, plus sports pedals, a VXR-badged gear lever, exclusive instruments and sports tyres.

Other standard equipment in the latest-generation Corsa VXR includes a heated front windscreen, plus Vauxhall’s IntelliLink infotainment system Apple and Android device compatibility.

Power is delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, while the VXR can also achieve decent fuel economy of 37.7mpg, with combined CO2 emissions of 174g/km.

Exclusive damping technology

Vauxhall has stated that it has worked closely with damper supplier Koni to develop an exclusive new damping technology for the Corsa VXR, Frequency Selective Damping (FSD).

Allowing damping forces to adapt to the car’s movement, the FSD system ensures optimum body control even at high speeds, without sacrificing ride quality or comfort when at lower speed.

For the first time, the Corsa VXR will also be available with a two-stage selectable electronic stability function, while revisions have also been made to the steering to make it more direct and responsive.

Buyers looking to enhance the car’s dynamics even more can specify an optional Performance Package, which adds larger Brembo brake discs, 18-inch alloys and a Drexler limited-slip differential.

Vauxhall has yet to announce prices for the new Corsa VXR, however more is expected to be known upon its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.