Vauxhall is planning a high-performance VXR version of the new 2014 Vauxhall Corsa – due to be unveilied officially next week - and it could arrive as early as next year. And in true VXR style, it should have easily enough power to outgun the rivals like the Ford Fiesta ST and Renaultsport Clio 200.
“We’d like to do one, there’s such a following for it we’d be crazy not to do it, there’s definitely a stong case,” Ian Mitchell, Vauxhall’s small car brand manager told us. “You might be seeing something next year.”
When asked whether it would be more powerful than the 180bhp Fiesta ST, Mitchell said “well it has got to be doesn’t it.”
A 197bhp version of Vauxhall’s new 1.6-litre direct-injection turbo engine has already been introduced on the Cascada convertible and is a likely candidate for the new car – bumping output up by 8bhp over the 189bhp car, with room to produce even more powerful versions later in the car’s lifecycle.
Vauxhall saved the best for last with the current-generation Corsa VXR, releasing a high-spec 202bhp Clubsport sedition (13bhp more than the 189bhp standard version) that featured Brembo brakes, a Remus sports exhaust, Billstein dampers and a limited slip front differential.
The all-new Corsa will be revealed next Wednesday, July 9, and we’ll bring you the all the details and a full picture gallery when the story breaks.