Opel’s latest hot hatch is launched

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CORSA GSI: Impressive performance for a little car. Credit: Opel Media

OPEL has launched the new Corsa GSi, it’s latest iteration of a hot hatch.

Insurance costs put them out of fashion for a while, but in recent years the market has seen resurgence for small, nimble cars that boast impressive performance.

After the Insignia, the Corsa is the second GSi model now on offer. Opel says it has an “ultra- precise OPC chassis – for exemplary handling and short braking distances”, which have always been the virtues of the beast hot hatches.

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The new model is powered by Opel’s lively 1.4-litre turbo engine which produces 110 kW/150 hp and 220 Nm of torque .

Fuel consumption isn’t too bad either, ranging between 5.1 l/100km on the open road and  8 l/100km around town.

The four-cylinder power unit features a special GSi-calibration for increased responsiveness. Ir is paired with a short-ratio, six-speed gearbox, for extra ng punch in second and third gears.

This makes it quick off the mark, reaching 100 km/h from rest in 8.9 seconds and has a top speed of a penalty points inducing 207 km/h.

We are not sure of the price in Spain yet, but it can be ordered in Germany for €19,960 (RRP including VAT).

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