Date: 14th December 2005
The new three-door Corsa will certainly turn heads - but the most dramatic version will be the flagship VXR. And, as with all performance Vauxhalls, there will be more to it than big wings and alloys.
Revealed by Auto Express in issue 859, and set to debut at next autumn's Paris Motor Show, it should offer at least 180bhp from its 1.6-litre turbo engine.
It will also feature a six-speed gearbox and Lotus-tuned suspension. Inspired by the Fiat Punto Arbarth concept, the unique body has flared arches and a more aerodynamic front bumper. Drivers can expect 0-60mph in seven seconds and a top speed of nearly 140mph.
A Vauxhall spokesman told us: "We anticipate 70 per cent of VXRs will be sold in the UK. We have high hopes for the hot Corsa."
Available as a three-door only, the flagship gets a sporty interior to match its bodywork. This will offer Recaro seats, plus luxuries such as air-conditioning and electric windows.