Vauxhall will take the fight to the Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup with this hardcore VXR Nurburgring Edition of its Corsa.
Tweaks to the turbocharged 1.6-litre engine’s management and turbocharger systems and a new stainless steel dual sports exhaust have helped boost power from 189bhp to 202bhp and torque from a maximum of 196lb ft to 207lb ft over the standard VXR.
This results in a 143mph top speed and 0-60mph pace of 6.5sec. By comparison, the 197bhp, 158lb ft 2.0-litre Clio RS covers 0-62mph in 6.9sec and can reach 141mph.
To help translate the extra power to the road, the Nurburgring Edition gets a mechanical multi-plate limited-slip differential.
As the car’s name suggest, the final sign-ff was at the Nurburgring where its bespoke Bilstein springs and dampers were honed. The VXR special rides 20mm lower at the front and 15mm lower than the standard car.