Pricing announced for new Vauxhall Corsa VXR

Vauxhall has officially announced pricing for the all new latest-generation version of the Corsa VXR hot hatch.

Having been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the new Corsa VXR will be priced from £17,995, which is more than £1,000 less than its predecessor and deliveries are due to begin in May.

Volker Strycek, Vauxhall’s director for performance cars, said: “The new Corsa VXR actually makes its predecessors look almost ordinary.

“Improved power delivery across the entire rev band, more power especially at low revs and moderate consumption for a car with this performance including compliance with Euro-6 emissions standard make the Corsa VXR a benchmark in its class.”

More extreme than ever before

Based on the design of the regular Corsa but with a more extreme and aggressive styling, the VXR features a new front-end design with large air intakes and aluminium exterior touches.

The bonnet sports a small scoop, while side-sill extensions give the Corsa VXR a wider and more assertive look. Finishing touches include a rear spoiler, plus twin Remus exhaust pipes.

It’s also available in a total of six exterior colours, including the VXR-unique Flash Blue, while the cabin is equipped with Recaro seats as standard, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel and sports pedals.

Other unique touches include a VXR-branded gear lever and instruments, while it also comes with a heated front windscreen and Vauxhall’s smartphone-compatible IntelliLink infotainment system.

Customers can also specify a range of optional packs, including the VXR Performance Pack for an additional £2,400, which adds motorsport-derived features like Brembo brakes and a Drexler limited slip differential.

The VXR Carbon Pack, meanwhile, add carbon fibre effect mirror covers and grille logo bar for £150, while the Technical Pack adds a range of driver assistance systems like collision alert and rear parking sensors.

0-60mph in 6.5 seconds

On the road, the new Corsa VXR is quicker than its predecessor, generating 202bhp from its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, enough to take it from 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds, with a top speed of 143mph.

The engine is linked to a short-throw six-speed manual transmission complete with newly designed components which reduce shift travel by 13 per cent, which transfers power to the front wheels.

The VXR also features an overboost function for an additional 35Nm of torque, which is ideal for short bursts of power, for example when overtaking. Fuel economy figures clock in at a reasonable 37.7mpg, while it emits 174g/km of CO2.