The Chevrolet Sonic never received the performance package we always thought the hatchback deserved, but across the Atlantic, Opel has something we envy.
Opel will roll out the Corsa GSi, which follows the Insignia GSi, this summer. The hot hatchback will bring a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the party with 150 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Those are minor improvements over the Chevy Sonic, but the performance rests in the tuning and other specific goodies.
Opel has tuned the six-speed manual transmission for short throws and peak torque comes between just 3,000 and 4,500 rpm. The chassis also benefits from the Corsa OPC, the range-topping hot hatch. Furthermore, beefier brakes aid in stopping power.
That’s not to mention the Corsa GSi is quite a cool looking car, too. We’ve clamored for a Chevrolet hot hatch for quite some time, but alas, our calls haven’t been answered. And with Opel out from General Motors’ control, the likelihood of a GM-branded hot hatchback seems less likely with time.
The Corsa GSi, though, would have made an excellent Sonic SS.