The same feeling of familiarity we reported of the normal Corsa is reproduced, so that the car’s exterior styling and cabin appointments ostensibly serve as new clothes draped over the same old platform.
These aren’t universally admired clothes, either. Several testers expressed a dislike of the styling, which takes few hostages to subtlety in pursuit of added visual aggression.
More serious, with the long-time selling point of the VXR brand being bang for your buck, an opportunity has been missed to put the Corsa’s case beyond question. The turbocharged 1.6-litre engine from the previous car gets new intake and exhaust manifolds and a new ECU but is otherwise carried over from its state of tune in the outgoing Corsa Clubsport.
It produces the same 202bhp and ‘overboosted’ 207lb ft temporary hit of torque (over a slightly broader rev range). Neither figure is unsurpassed among hot superminis. And weighing in just shy of 1.3 tonnes on our scales, this isn’t one of the lighter hot hatches, either.