If you’re over 18, you’re probably not that interested in a Corsa VXR, but stay with us.
You’re never too old to have fun and the three-door Vauxhall, on sale from 2007 to 2014, serves it up in spades.
From its outrageous styling, replete with scoops, funnels and diffusers, and slick six-speed gearbox to its 186bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine (torque is 170lb ft, available from 1950rpm), it’s an absolute hoot.
Want a bit more punch? There’s an extra 26lb ft where that came from, available for five seconds thanks to an overboost function.
And it doesn’t stop there. If you want more power, track down a Nürburgring VXR of 2011 or a runout Clubsport special edition of 2014. These little crackers serve up 202bhp and 184lb ft (207lb ft on overboost), trimming the 0-62mph time from 6.8sec to 6.5sec.
These variants also have uprated Bilstein dampers, an even lower ride height at the front, an uprated sports exhaust and lightweight Brembo brakes and forged alloy wheels. Crucially, given this front-driver’s prodigious power and relatively light 1307kg kerb weight, they also have a Drexler torque-sensing limited-slip diff that boosts traction and further sharpens already vivid handling.
The Clubsport version, launched in the model’s final year, had the brilliant Ford Fiesta ST to contend with but held its ground (just) with some additional aesthetic tweaks. Other editions include the VXRacingof 2009, ‘limited’ to 500 and with full-leather Recaro seats but no extra power. There’s also the VXR Blue of 2011 with unique alloys, blue interior detailing (naturally), privacy glass and half-leather seats but, again, just the standard engine. It’s a pretty thing, with one trade seller wanting £6500 for an “immaculate” 2011/61 car with 62,000 miles, two previous owners and full service history.
Throughout, the Corsa VXR rolled around on 17in wheels but you could option it with arch-filling 18s. Don’t worry: the ride quality isn’t harmed.