Soon enough, Opel/Vauxhall will wave goodbye to the somewhat long-in-tooth Corsa hatchback. A new model is currently under development, which we imagine will spawn an all-new performance variant, but the automaker is making sure the current car doesn’t go down quietly after recently unleashing the most powerful Corsa yet, the Corsa VXR Clubsport.
The Corsa VXR Clubsport is packing a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine producing 202 horsepower and 184 lb-ft, which sends its power through a six-speed manual gearbox. To help the front wheels deal with all that power and the cornering in unison, it gets the same mechanical differential from the hardcore Vauxhall VXR Nurburgring.
EVO decided to stick the ultimate Corsa up against one of its strongest rivals from Europe’s hot hatch segment, the Renault Clio 200 Turbo. The Clio’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder is down on power and torque compared to the Corsas, producing 197 horsepower and 177 lb-ft, but it has a quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox. Will that be enough for the Clio to beat the Corsa in Evo’s latest Track Battle? Watch the video below to find out.