Vauxhall’s latest entry to the hot (or, rather, warm) hatch segment is the Corsa GSi, and it’s up for grabs in the United Kingdom.
Priced from £18,995 ($25,107/€21,403), tax included, it arrives in showrooms this month. It undercuts the Ford Fiesta ST, Renault Clio RS and Volkswagen Polo GTI by £250 ($330/€282), £1,305 ($1,725/€1,470) and £2,525 ($3,337/€2,845), respectively, although all of the aforementioned models are more powerful.
Standard gear includes a specific GSi body kit, tinted rear windows, carbon effect grille bar and side mirror caps, LED DRLs and 17-inch bi-color diamond-cut alloy wheels. Inside, users will be greeted by the sporty front seats, leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, and IntelliLink infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
For £1,900 ($2,511/€2,141) more, you can have the GSi Plus Pack, which adds 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights with cornering function and Recaro leather seats.
Based on the 210 PS (207 hp / 154 kW) Corsa VXR/OPC, the GSi, which is only available as a three-door, is powered by a 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) 1.4-liter four-banger. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) takes 8.4 seconds, and flat out, it will do 129 mph (208 km/h).
The automaker states that the maximum torque is produced between 2,750 and 4,500 rpm, and with the short-ratio six-speed manual gearbox, which is the only option, it goes from 50 to 70 mph (80-113 km/h) in fifth gear in 9.9 seconds.
Celebrating the model’s launch in Britain is a new image gallery that you can view right below.