Sporty new three-door gets 148bhp and 162lb ft on tap to go up against Ford Fiesta ST-Line

Vauxhall has confirmed that the upcoming Corsa GSi costs from £18,995, making it £1050 more expensive than the comparable Ford Fiesta ST-Line with 138bhp.

The sporty Corsa, which is available to order now and due in showrooms in September, has a 10bhp advantage, using the same 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the Corsa White and Black Editions to offer 148bhp and 162lb ft of torque.

Like the models with which it shares its engine, the Corsa GSi reaches 62mph in 8.9sec, making it a tenth quicker to the mark than the Fiesta ST-Line. Top speed is 128mph — 3mph up on its rival.

Following the recently launched Insignia GSi, which revived the classic GSi name, the new Corsa borrows key chassis hardware and geometry from the Corsa VXR, the car it will indirectly replace.

The set-up incorporates the VXR variant’s firmer springs, dampers and uprated brakes. There are also lightweight 18in wheels on 215/40/R18 tyres available as part of the GSi Plus Pack, which costs £1900 and also brings Recaro sports seats and bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights. 

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To be sold exclusively in three-door form, the Corsa GSi also has larger air intakes, a honeycomb grille and side skirts taken from the Corsa VXR. There is also a rear spoiler that generates more downforce.

As standard, the interior features a 7.0in screen for the infotainment system, which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Corsa VXR is being discontinued as part of Vauxhall's plans to push GSi as its main — albeit more subtle — performance arm.

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Vauxhall Corsa VXR review 

Vauxhall Insignia review 

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21 March 2018

Why drop the VXR? GSi just sounds like a 'one up' on GL.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

21 March 2018

So the same price (give or take) as a VXR just without the good bits. What are they smoking? 

21 March 2018

Good bits ? I wasnt aware there were any good bits on a Corsa.

XXXX just went POP.

21 March 2018

This sounds like a run out model to generate interest in the current Corsa before the new PSA based model is launched next year. No harm in that, run out models are often good value, but buyers should know that this generation will not be around much longer. 

It would be interesting to know what the insurance situation is regarding GSi and VXR?  Younger buyers might like the racy looks combined with more affordable insurance.  

21 March 2018

Agreed, and it sounds like a rather cynical and expedient move, "relaunching" the GSi brand on such an ancient model.  

21 March 2018

  Not inspiring to look at from any angle, weedy little 1.4 and relatively cheap, not Son of VXR, more a Brexit type Car.......

Peter Cavellini.

21 March 2018

This is more like an intepration of Vauxhall's SRi range for years ago rather than a proper GSi (VXR) model in that it's just a sports version of the standard models rather than a performance car like the Fiesta ST is.

21 March 2018

...if the £19,000 price tag is confirmed (the actual VXR 1.6 Turbo starts from £18,190, as far as I remember.)

Anyway, this is some kind of a NO-news, as (at least) the engine version(s) is/are not communicated. And it lacks even the minimal observation concerning the absence of the rear-diffusor !!!

-- Old fart with petrol in veins, so off the e-cars grid literally --

21 March 2018

Enviroment - speed cameras - radar - unmarked cop cars - fuel economies etc etc et, and yet, every single day somewhere in motoring paradise these things are tossed out the window and we are offered yet another tweeked - supped up - faster - madder - more potent etc etc etc.... I, like a zillion others, like to get from A to Zee, quickly quietly economically and without drama breakdown or being on the wrong side of the law..so what the B>H. do these producers do?? more of the same irresponsibility. 

what's life without imagination

21 March 2018

Lol a "driver fcused" Corsa, lol.

XXXX just went POP.

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