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    Default What the Press said about the Corsa VXR

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    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.

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    Default Corsa D, 1.6iT (Z16LET), Approch Vauxhall, Mid 2005

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    Default Corsa D, 1.6iT (Z16LET), www.whatcar.co.uk, 10/02/06

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    • 200bhp expected from Corsa VXR
    • Power from 1.6-litre turbocharged engine
    • Prices around £14,000; on sale in mid-2007
    The most powerful Vauxhall Corsa ever will hit the streets next year.
    Under the bonnet will be a more powerful development of the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine fitted to the new Meriva VXR. This puts out 178bhp, but Vauxhall insiders promise this will be raised to almost 200bhp by the time the Corsa VXR arrives.
    More humble versions of Vauxhall’s next-generation supermini go on sale late this autumn, while the hot VXR model should reach showrooms by mid-2007. Expect a price tag of around £14,000.
    The Corsa will face stiff competition, however. Renault’s new Clio, What Car?’s 2006 supermini of the year, will spawn a hot hatch this summer. Expect a 200bhp 2.0-litre engine and a top speed of close to 150mph. Prices should start from around £15,000.
    Fiat looks set to outgun them both with its own super-fast supermini. The Fiat Grande Punto Abarth should produce 240bhp when it arrives in summer 2007, with a likely price of at least £16,500.
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    Default New Corsa - first pictures

    First pictures of the new Corsa. Details of the VXR model are yet to be announced, but take a look at these to get an idea of what is to come...
    http://www.vxronline.co.uk/messagebo...hp?p=3368#3368

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    Default Corsa D, 1.6iT (Z16LET), www.autoexpress.co.uk, 24/05/06

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    Date: 24/05/2006
    By: Sam Hardy

    Hot on the heels of last week's first official pictures of Vauxhall's new Corsa comes this... the VXR version.



    It's set to be the fastest supermini hot hatch in its class, because the pocket rocket boasts 200bhp from a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.

    With a top speed of 150mph and the 0-60mph sprint covered in six seconds, it's the ultimate sporting flagship for the new Corsa range. And as you can see from our pictures, it will have the looks to rival its searing acceleration, too.

    Taking inspiration from the Astra VXR, the quickest Corsa features big air intakes with honeycomb grilles, bulging wheelarches and a ground-hugging front spoiler. However, one of the most distinctive styling additions is a sculpted rear bumper complete with Venturi-style tunnels and a central triangular shaped exhaust pipe.



    Together with 17-inch alloy wheels and a bold array of colours - including a VXR-exclusive white - it's sure to be the most head-turning supermini hot hatch around when it goes on sale.



    In their bid to make the newcomer the most powerful model in its class - a title which was recently claimed by the storming new 197bhp Renault-Sport Clio - engineers have increased output from the 170bhp of early development models to a staggering 200bhp. That will ensure blistering acceleration, making the Corsa VXR nearly as rapid as its Astra brother.

    Stiffened and lowered suspension, along with Vauxhall's CDC electronic dampers, plus the very latest stability control systems, will ensure that all the power reaches the road. However, driving the car will still be a raw experience - test engineers have spent months at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany honing the Corsa VXR to be as involving as possible.

    As with the Astra VXR, the Corsa will get a Sport button on the dashboard which sharpens up the suspension, steering, dampers and throttle response. The Corsa will also feature heavily bolstered sports seats, carbon fibre trim and VXR badging inside. And although it will be fitted with climate control and an MP3-compatible sound system as standard, it won't have much in the way of luxury kit.

    Vauxhall is very keen to keep costs down and position the Corsa VXR as an affordable driver's car - so a price tag of just under £16,000 is likely when the newcomer goes on sale in January. Prospective buyers will be able to get their first glimpse of the new hot hatch at the Paris Motor Show in September.
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    Default Corsa D, 1.6iT (Z16LET), www.carmagazine.co.uk, 23/08/06

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    Date: 23 August 2006
    By: Angus Fitton

    Vauxhall's 200bhp Corsa leads VXR onslaught

    Vauxhall is in the final stages of signing off the storming Corsa VXR. The latest VXR runs a turbocharged 1.6-litre developing a thumping 200bhp, spinning the front wheels via a six-speed box.

    Much of the development work has been carried out at the Nurburgring, which the Corsa has been relentlessly lapping to fine tune the suspension and engine mapping. With the 1.6 turbo putting out 200bhp, only a John Cooper Works Mini can beat it for power.

    Insiders told CAR online that the new Corsa VXR is even more aggressive than its Astra VXR sibling with a brutal bodykit, stiffened suspension and a bespoke interior. Expect prices to be close to the VXR's hottest rival - the new £15,995 Mini Cooper S. Sales are expected to start in spring 2007.
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    Default Corsa D, 1.6iT (Z16LET), www.carmagazine.co.uk, 06/09/06

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    By: Angus Fitton
    Date: 06/09/2006

    The lowdown
    Vauxhall's Corsa VXR is hot-lapping the Nurburgring virtually undisguised, as the clock ticks down to its spring 2007 launch. For the first time, the beefy bodykit and massive 18-inch wheels hiding pumped up brake discs and callipers are visible. Underneath the bonnet is a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine developing a class-topping 200bhp, mated to a a close ratio six-speed gearbox. The production car will be seen for the first time at the Geneva motor show next March; it goes on UK sale around the same time.



    Goodbye cute, hello aggressive
    The new flagship Corsa almost looks tough enough to kick sand in the face of the hardcore Astra VXR. The front bumper houses a deep airdam framed by further cooling vents and a pair of spotlights. For the production car a new Vauxhall 'V' badge will replace the Opel version seen here, although the honeycomb inserts will stay. The rear is dominated by a wide diffuser intersected by a centre exit exhaust, similar to the Astra VXR's. Fish-like 'gills' are slashed into the rear bumper. More subtle are the darkened rear light lenses and a small spoiler just above the rear window.



    Watch out Mini...
    The new Corsa VXR will be a direct rival to the Mini Cooper S when it goes on sale in spring '07. Like the Mini, the new Corsa uses a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. That's where the similarities end. The new Corsa produces a blistering 200bhp - 25bhp more than the Cooper S manages. It doesn't end there. Not only is the Corsa more powerful than the £15,995 Mini but, according to insiders, it will cost less too. Expect prices to start at around £15,500 making the Corsa VXR incredible value for money.

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    Default Corsa D, 1.6iT (Z16LET), www.worldcarfans.com, 25/08/06

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    Date: 25/08/2006

    While Opel has just introduced its fourth generation Corsa, the top of the line sporty variant OPC is still in the pipeline and will be due next spring.

    Here are photos showing a prototype of the new Corsa OPC during a test drive in Germany. The rear view is showing the OPC writing on the right hand side of the tailgate . The little sports car is going to compete against in particular Renault’s sporty Clio, and it is expected to be powered by a 1,6 litre engine delivering 190 HP.






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    Default Corsa D, 1.6iT (Z16LET), www.autocar.co.uk, 30/08/06

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    Date: 30/08/2006

    Vauxhall's rival to the Clio 197 - the Corsa VXR - is almost ready, as these spy shots prove.

    Spied undergoing final testing near a soaking-wet Nordschleife in Germany, this blue development car is pretty much undisguised.
    Its aggressive front and rear bumpers are clearly visible, as is the centrally-mounted triangular exhaust pipe. Expect the production model to have integrated front fog lights, though.



    The Corsa will use a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine producing 197bhp. That should be good enough to propel the car to 60mph in around seven seconds, and to ensure a top speed of around 150mph.



    The Corsa VXR will be officially unveiled at next March's Geneva motor show, with UK sales expected to start in April. Expect a price tag of around £15,000.



    Centrally-mounted triangular exhaust is a nice touch
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    Default Corsa D, 1.6iT (Z16LET), www.autoexpress.co.uk, 10/06

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    Date: October 2006

    This performance supermini promises to be a class leader

    Sitting at the top of the new Corsa range will be this – the storming OPC.

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    And as with its identically badged Astra brother, the performance supermini promises to be the fastest and most powerful contender in its class. Following the launch of the new Renaultsport Clio, Opel has turned the wick up on the Corsa OPC’s 1.6-litre turbo. Initially, the engine was set to produce 170 bhp, but when it hits the road it will put out 200 bhp – beating the 197-bhp Clio, and giving 0-100 km/h in around six seconds and a 240 km/h top speed.

    Uprated brakes, stiffened and lowered suspension (complete with adjustable dampers), and traction control will ensure the OPC stops and handles as well as it accelerates. And it'll look the part, too, with flared arches, low spoilers front and rear and honeycomb air intakes. There will be a new colour - pearlescent white – while sports seats and alum¬inium trim are expected inside.

    On sale in January, the three¬-door-only OPC will be priced at around 23 000 Euros.
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