Opel’s latest hot hatch is launched

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.

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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.

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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