Latest Corsa tipped to bring back VXR badge with 200bhp-plus Ford Fiesta ST rival tipped for 2021
3 September 2019

Vauxhall is planning a revival of its now-dormant performance sub-brand, VXR, and a hot Corsa is on the cards as the next model in the pipeline. 

Although a source at the firm indicated that Vauxhall’s rival to Ford’s ST and Honda’s Type R is “in a bit of a hiatus now”, Autocar understands company executives are considering a return to the hot hatch sphere in the near future. 

There was some concern that new owner PSA, engaged in a dramatic profit-driven turnaround of the Luton brand, would consign VXR to the history books. 

The French firm is yet to officially confirm a new GTI version of the Corsa’s platform-sharing sibling, the Peugeot 208. But bosses are understood to be waiting to decide between petrol or electric propulsion for a new hot supermini, likely based on how sales of the standard electric variant take off. 

The Corsa is considered the best hope for a revival of VXR on account of its historic sales success in the UK, and in mainland Europe as an Opel. The past three generations of the Corsa have been available with VXR variants. 

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Hot Corsa majors on pace, purpose and performance value. Brash, boisterous and great fun – if a little lacking in finesse

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The chosen power source for a new Corsa VXR will hinge on PSA’s decision for the 208 GTi. Our source was keen to point out that the VXR sub-brand is synonymous for being “track focused, a bit lairy and very much hardcore” – qualities that would suggest petrol power is the most natural fit. An output of more than 200bhp would be needed to compete with the best in the small hot hatch sector, the Ford Fiesta ST

A decision has yet to be made on the exact debut date for a performance-oriented Corsa, but insiders suggest nothing will arrive until 2021 at the earliest. 

The brand is first focusing on rolling out the models that are core to its crucial electrification strategy, including the new Corsa, plug-in hybrid Grandland X and the new Mokka, which is due next year and will join its supermini sibling in being offered as a pure-electric version. 

Also arriving in 2021 will be an all-new Astra, based on PSA’s modular EMP2 platform, unlike the current GM-developed car. The new Astra will almost certainly include an electric version alongside regular petrol and diesel units, although EMP2 hasn’t been developed to take hybrid powertrains. 

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3 September 2019

Another hot nimble hatchback on the market is always good. The VXRs have always been good looking cars.

3 September 2019
Download Test files wrote:

Another hot nimble hatchback on the market is always good. The VXRs have always been good looking cars.

If the Corsa VXR looks anything like those photos it'll sell in bucket loads.

As far as these eyes are concerned, I never thought past VXRs have been good looking cars, quite the opposite actually - I'd describe them as tacky. Whereas other manufacturers use design studios such as Pininfarina and Guigiaro, VXR's look like they used Halfords.

3 September 2019

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3 September 2019

" Also arriving in 2021 will be an all-new Astra, based on PSA’s modular EMP2 platform, unlike the current GM-developed car. The new Astra will almost certainly include an electric version alongside regular petrol and diesel units, although EMP2 hasn’t been developed to take hybrid powertrains "

 

Got that the wrong way round. IF the Astra is EMP2 based, then it will defnitely be a Hybrid, probably a PHEV, because that's what EMP2 was designed for ( like on the 3008, 508, GrandlandX ). If it's a pure EV model, then it will be CMP based, like the Corsa, 208 and upcoming Citroen C4.

 

From what i've read, the Astra will be a PHEV, and EMP2 based.

 

 

3 September 2019

but that looks brilliant.

3 September 2019

 What’s the point of showing punters this Car when there’s no dietary cut launch date?

Peter Cavellini.

3 September 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 What’s the point of showing punters this Car when there’s no date for launch date?

Peter Cavellini.

3 September 2019

200 bhp is not enough for a VXR model in my opinion. They should have a GSi model with 200 bhp and then a VXR with nearer 300 bhp.

3 September 2019

 

Lets hope they go for it.

Steam cars are due a revival.

3 September 2019

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