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Vauxhall disappoints with tepid Corsa GSi, coming September

Written by: Neil

Vauxhall has finally revealed details on the engine that will sit under the bonnet of its forthcoming Corsa GSi – and the numbers are pretty underwhelming.

Built on a Corsa VXR chassis, the new GSi will make use of a 1.4-litre turbo engine with 148bhp and 220Nm of torque.

This means it can get up to 62mph in 8.9 seconds, mated to a short-ratio six-speed gearbox, before continuing on to a top speed of 128mph.

Even for a warm hatch, that feels disappointing tepid and it explains why Vauxhall has been so cagey about the car’s capability since announcing it back in March.

If you’re still interested, the GSi takes almost another ten seconds in fifth gear to get from 50mph to 70mph. In terms of eco credentials, the Corsa GSi returns 47.1mpg combined, whilst emitting 139g/km of CO2.

Buyers can choose to spec lightweight alloy wheels with 215/40 x 18 tyres to optimise the car’s performance.

Visually, the GSi sets itself apart from other Corsas with large front air intakes and a sculptured bonnet, while at the rear, you’ll find a spoiler, chrome tailpipe and red-painted front brake calipers.

Inside, there’s a leather sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals and optional leather Recaro seats.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “The GSi label was revived last year with the Insignia GSi and it was refreshing to see Vauxhall turn its attention to something more exciting, even if it was with a model as straight-laced as the Insignia.

“We kind of wish they didn’t bother now.”

The Corsa GSi is set to arrive in showrooms from September 2018.

Read more: Vauxhall’s Nürburgring-conquering Insignia GSi

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