We already know Vauxhall has a VXR version of its all-new Corsa on the way, but AutoExpress has now confirmed the hot hatch will be arriving in time for the 2015 model year in the summer of next year. This report supports rumors we heard prior to the standard Corsa’s reveal in July, which indicated the Corsa VXR was deep into its development and would arrive sometime in 2015.
The new Corsa VXR will be offered only in a three-door hatchback bodystyle and will receive its power from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Power output should be at or around 200 horsepower and will be accompanied by a stiffer, more sporty suspension setup and more powerful brakes.
Visually, the Corsa VXR will appear more aggressive than the standard Corsa. We saw a spy shot of the Opel OPC version of the car in early September which revealed the car will have a new bodykit, an intake for the engine worked into the lower part of the hood, dual exhausts and new sport alloy-wheels, among other changes.
Vauxhall and Opel unveiled the 2015 Corsa in July with all-new exterior styling, a heavily overhauled interior and new engine options. Additionally, the car now has a 5mm lower center of gravity, a stiffer front sub-frame and altered front-suspension geometry. The brand says these changes have aided in stability and helped to reduce body roll, which will make both the standard and VXR versions of the car handle better than the outgoing model.