Vauxhall Corsa GSi returning after 25-year hiatus

Vauxhall is resurrecting its Corsa GSi after a 25-year absence from the market.

Available for order later in 2018, the Corsa GSi will use design elements from the current Corsa VXR, which Vauxhall says allows for a car that is sporty and fun to drive while also being spacious and practical.

The GSi will have a three-door body with a number of aesthetic tweaks, such as large air intakes, a honeycomb grille, deep sill extensions, carbon trim, a rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust.

Sporty leather Recaro seats can be found on the inside, allowing the driver to sit low, while a leather sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals continue the hatchback’s performance feel.

The Corsa GSi is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, while its suspension and brakes – with red-painted callipers – are the same as those found on the VXR. Firmer springs and competition-tuned dampers offer tight control of the car at high speeds, as well as exceptional levels of grip in dry and wet conditions.

Vauxhall will release more information about the Corsa GSi before orders open later this year.

The original Corsa GSi was launched in 1993 but was only available for a very short space of time. It featured a 16-valve, double-overhead cam 1.6-litre petrol engine, which produced 105bhp at 6,000rpm, meaning the car was capable of achieving 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds and carrying on to a top speed of 121mph.

Its powertrain was mated to a five-speed gearbox, while the firmer suspension, bigger brakes and wider tyres than those of the standard Corsa also led Vauxhall to hail it as one of the first “pocket rockets”.

Tristan Shale-Hester


March 21, 2018

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