The Vauxhall Corsa VXR
"Maximum speed at 143 mph"
The original Vauxhall Corsa VXR spawned 4 special editions: VXRacing, VXR Artic, VXR Nurbürgring and VXR Clubsport
At a very competitive entry level price of £17,995 the new Corsa VXR is priced a touch under the competition yet comes highly equipped with promises of even more driving excitement than the previous car.
Powered by a 4 cylinder 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, it generates a heady 205PS and up to 280Nm of torque. This new performance top flighter achieves a quoted 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds, hitting maximum speed at 143 mph. More importantly it holds maximum torque from as low as 1,900 rpm all the way to 5,700 rpm without pause. Add to that a sweet and precise short-throw gear-change and some snazzy handling tweaks, and we have one seriously fast machine here.
To match it, high speed handling and overall ride quality has been enhanced by the fitting of Koni FSD technology. FSD which stands for Frequency Selective Damping gives an extra touch of ride quality and handling finesse. Vauxhall worked closely with Koni to develop this system which allows damping forces to adapt to the car’s movements, ensuring that body control is maintained when the car is driven fast, but optimising ride quality at lower speeds. Thankfully, the system is entirely mechanical and doesn’t require electrical components, such as sensors or ECUs. The ride height of the Corsa has been lowered by 10mm all round for that little extra stability and grip.
The new Corsa VXR is also fitted with a two stage traction control skid safety system for the first time, allowing keen drivers to have a little tail end fun before running out of talent, whilst an optional Performance Pack is available for the super keen.
Equipment options abound on this new car. There are 6 exterior colour options, whilst bi-xenon headlamps, heated front windscreen and IntelliLink connectivity for Apple IOS and Android phones come as standard. Recaro seats guarantee high speed comfort, complementing nicely the leather, flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports pedals, and VXR gear-lever and instruments.
While you are choosing your options the VXR Technical Pack is useful for safety; it includes forward collision alert, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, following distance indicator, electrochromatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, rear-view camera and front and rear parking sensors.
It’s comforting to know that speed and safety are given an even hand, and driving enthusiasts won’t be disappointed.
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