The Vauxhall Corsa is getting a bit long in the tooth now, and with a new model due towards the end of the year you’d have to ask why you’d want to buy one. Especially one that costs £22,390.
This isn’t an ordinary Corsa though. This is the Corsa VXR Clubsport, a tweaked version of the Nurburgring limited edition from last year. This is the VXR’s final swan song, it’s last outing before being consigned to the second-hand section forever.
With all the excitement surrounding the Fiesta ST, 208 GTI and Clio 200 you could easily have forgotten about the Corsa VXR. It was never the sharpest car in its class but was always one of the most powerful. The Nurburgring edition addressed the weaknesses by adding even more power, Bilstein dampers, Brembo brakes and a Drexler limited slip differential. The changes transformed the Corsa VXR into a serious bit of kit on both road and track.
The Clubsport is essentially a Nurburgring edition with a Remus exhaust, a popular aftermarket upgrade among the VXR community. But is it worth spending £22k on a Corsa VXR when rivals cost a lot less? Maybe, as the Nurburgring edition was a great car when driven hard. If you really want a Corsa VXR this could be your last chance … until the all-new Corsa VXR turns up.
|Performance & Economy|
|Engine||1,598cc turbocharged 4-cylinder, petrol|
|Transmission||6-speed manual, front-engined, front-wheel drive|
|Power (PS / bhp)||208 / 205|
|Torque (Nm / lb.ft)||250 / 184|
|0 - 62 mph (seconds)||6.5|
|Top Speed (mph)||143|
|CO2 Emissions (g/km)||178|
|Combined Economy (mpg)||37.2|