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2015 Vauxhall Corsa VXR revealed - pricing, specification and engines

Hot Vauxhall Corsa VXR will go on sale in the UK in May, and will compete with the Ford Fiesta ST

Words ByMark Tisshaw

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The new Vauxhall Corsa VXR has been revealed ahead of its Geneva motor show debut in March and UK launch in May.

What is it?
The Corsa VXR is the hot hatch version of the new three-door Corsa.

What engines can I choose from?
The sole engine is a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol unit with 202bhp and 206lb ft of torque. An additional 26lb ft of torque is available as an overboost function to improve overtaking performance. The engine is connected to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The claimed combined fuel economy is 37.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 174g/km. The 0-60mph time is 6.8sec and the top speed is 143mph.

How much equipment does it come with?
The Corsa VXR gets a sporty bodykit as standard along with 17in alloy wheels and twin exhaust pipes.

Other performance features of the car include special shock absorbers aimed at providing a comfortable ride and sporty drive, and a function that allows electronic driver assistance systems to be turned off. It also has a sportier steering system.

In the cabin, there are Recaro sports seats up front and special VXR badges on the instruments and gear lever. The Intellilink infotainment system is standard.

On the options list is a special Performance Package, which aims to make the car even sportier. It includes 18in alloy wheels, larger brakes, a limited-slip differential and suspension tuning.

There are six exterior colour choices, including a new Flash Blue colour exclusive to the VXR.

How much will it cost?
Vauxhall has yet to confirm pricing for the Corsa VXR ahead of its May launch.

The firm has said it will be competitive, and it will need to be after the outgoing Corsa VXR was priced at Β£18,995, almost Β£2000 more than the Β£17,250, class-leading Ford Fiesta ST.

Can I get a discount?
Discounts are hard to come by on the new Corsa as it has only just launched in showrooms.

We’d expect the same for the Corsa VXR in the months after launch to satisfy early demand, but discounts should be available later on.

How good are its rivals?
The five-star Ford Fiesta ST is the best in its class by some margin; it offers great performance and reasonable running costs. The standard Corsa currently has a What Car? four-star rating.