Vauxhall Corsa GSi confirmed with 1.4-litre, 148bhp engine

Vauxhall Corsa GSi

Power is likely to come from a 148bhp 1.4-litre

Sporty new three-door Vauxhall goes on sale in September at around £19k – 148bhp and 162lb ft on tap puts it in the Ford Fiesta ST-Line’s crosshairs

Vauxhall‘s upcoming Corsa GSi has been confirmed to have the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the Corsa White and Black Editions, with 148bhp and 162lb ft of torque.

Like the editions with which it shares its engine, the GSi reaches 62mph in 8.9sec; directly in line with the Ford Fiesta ST-Line. Top speed is 128mph – 3mph up on its Ford rival.

Vauxhall has applied its revived GSi tag to a new driver-focused version of the Corsa. It will be the second GSi model in its current line-up after the recently launched Insignia GSi.

Due on sale in September as a rival to the Ford Fiesta ST-Line, the Corsa GSi borrows key chassis hardware and geometry from the Corsa VXR to give it sharper handling than other Corsas. It uses the standard VXR’s firmer springs, dampers and uprated brakes. Lightweight 18in wheels on 215/40/R18 tyres are available as an option.

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To be sold exclusively in three-door form, the Corsa GSi has larger air intakes, a honeycomb grille and side skirts taken from the VXR. There is also a rear spoiler that generates downforce and 18in VXR wheels.The interior features leather Recaro seats, a leather sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals. As standard, its infotainment system comes with a 7.0in screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Corsa GSi is expected to cost from about £19,000. First deliveries are from September onwards.

The Corsa VXR will be discontinued as part of Vauxhall plans to push GSi as its main, albeit more subtle, performance arm.

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Source:: Autocar