Got €20k To Spare? Then Take A Look At The 150 PS Opel Corsa GSi

Opel has kicked off sales in its home market, where the Corsa GSi becomes the second GSi-badged model in the current lineup after the Insignia.

German customers can have the Corsa GSi for prices that start at €19,960 ($20,850 at current exchange rates), including VAT, undercutting the Suzuki Swift Sport by €1,440.

For that kind of money, Corsa GSi customers get a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine rated at 150 PS (148 hp) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque from 3,000 to 4,500 rpm. The four-cylinder unit is hooked to a short-ratio, six-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels.

Performance specs comply with the Corsa GSi’s “warm hatch” status: 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 8.9 seconds and top speed is 207 km/h (129 mph). Remarkably, the small Opel needs just 9.9 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h (50-75 mph) in fifth gear — a testament to the engine’s elasticity.

Perhaps more important is how the Corsa GSi puts the power down, and the fact that it comes with the OPC’s chassis sounds very reassuring. The chassis and the disc brakes with red calipers have been honed on the Nürburgring, with Opel guaranteeing “agile handling and short braking distances,” especially with the optional 18-inch alloys shod with 215/40 ZR18 sports tires.

Those concerned about fuel economy figures won’t be disappointed. Opel claims the GSi averages 6.4-6.1 l/100 km (36.7-38.5 mpg UK), with CO2 emissions of 147-139 g/km. The values are measured according to the new WLTP standard and converted to NEDC for comparison.

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  • Six_Tymes

    looks better than the Swift


      it has 12 years old design

  • Christian

    save money, buy the Adam S…. Same engine and power…

    • GlobalPostitpad

      I compared the two in the configurator.

      Adam’s rear seats and boot are tiny and you can’t squeeze three people in the back seat. 20cm shorter wheelbase. 10 litre smaller tank.

      discounts on Adam aren’t as generous. Adam S has only marginally lower retail price.

      Maybe for some the Adam might be their preference but I don’t see.

      A 125 or 140bhp Fiesta ST Line would probably do the job of being a warm supermine better than either of these although they have worked hard to keep the Corsa quasi-competitive.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        Your not fitting three people in the back seat of a Corsa unless they’re children or anorexic.

        • GlobalPostitpad

          for a 5 minute trip you can. In an adam you’d only get two in the back and they’d both need to be amputees.

  • sidewaysspin

    Too thirsty for 150hp, the Swift is much more fuel efficient.

    • Anthony James

      That’s with the new fuel test, aiming to show more realistic figures.

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