• Sep 28th 2007 at 8:29AM
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UK car shoppers looking for a little extra pep in a subcompact, but who don't want to pony up for the high-zoot Vauxhall Corsa VXR (a.k.a. Opel Corsa OPC), now have another option: the Corsa SRi. This is simply the British-market version of the Opel Corsa GSi that made its debut in Barcelona this June. It's still worth mentioning again because it's a cool little ride. Powered by either a 150 HP gasoline-fueled turbo four or a 125 HP turbodiesel, the SRi delivers sporty looks and dynamics, respectable performance, and good fuel economy (30 mpg on petrol or 50 mpg on diesel). Add this one to the "Cars We Wish Were Saturns Today" list.

New pics are in the gallery below, and GM's press release/spec sheet are pasted after the jump.

[Source: GM]


* Sporty Corsa makes a welcome return
* Choice of new 150PS turbo 1.6-litre engine or 125PS 1.7 diesel
* Available with three or five doors, from £13,625

One of the nation's best-loved hot hatches has returned to Vauxhall showrooms after a two-year absence.

The latest addition to the New Corsa line-up, the SRi revives one of the best known hot hatch monikers in a package that offers incredible levels of driving excitement, great looks and affordability.

Designed to appeal to buyers who don't need all the hardcore thrills of the VXR but still appreciate style and sharp driving dynamics, the SRi looks set to further broaden the appeal of the Corsa range.

Two powertrains are on offer – a new 150PS 1.6-litre turbo unit, or a 125PS 1.7 CDTi diesel. The petrol unit is based on that found in the Corsa VXR, and gives the SRi the ability to sprint from 0-60mph in just 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph.

The diesel model also offers impressive performance, accelerating from 0-60mph in 9.3 seconds, with a top speed of 121mph. But as well as the impressive performance, it returns a combined average of 58.9mpg.

For both models, the power is kept in check by a specially developed sports chassis, lowered by 18mm at the front and 15mm at the rear and featuring ESP as standard. The power steering features variable progressive feedback, meaning the weighting at the wheel changes electronically to deliver optimum driver feedback.

And Corsa's striking looks are made more purposeful courtesy of a front spoiler, deep body-coloured side sills, 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome sports exhaust pipe and a subtle tailgate spoiler. Inside, red-detailed sports seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with red inserts, alloy pedals and red seatbelts further set the performance tone.


1.6 turbo 3-dr £13,625
1.7 CDTi 3-dr £14,235
1.6 turbo 5-dr £14,275
1.7 CDTi 5-dr £14,885

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Handsome little devil and the MPG looks great. Would be great to see as a Saturn in the next few years.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I suspect if the Corsa met US crash standards and was available with an engine that met US emissions standards, the likelihood of seeing this in the US sooner than later would increase significantly. The next generation Corsa will likely take this into account during the development phase and make for a truly global small car.
        • 8 Years Ago
        This would be a great car for Saturn NOW. Instead, we get the Aveo. This whole dollar-euro excuse for why Opels are not imported is total vaporware. Build them in Mexico. Would you pay $17,000 for a five-door turbo 150hp Corsa-hatch-as-Saturn? Bet your bottom euro.
        • 8 Years Ago
        The Corsa recived a 5 star rating in euro-ncap crashtest.. Very good frontal protection and with highest score in side impact protection in its class (Yaris/Jazz/Polo etc)

        40mph 70km/h offset frontal crash

        It is safer than most US sold cars in the class (Honda Jazz/ Toyota Yaris etc) because it comes in stock trim with things like ESP and side airbags.

        The engines run under Euro4 and are from GM .. emission are no problems...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saturn will be selling the redesigned Corsa when it arrives.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      it's already in the works...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Excellent vehicle! Don't change a thing, and bring it to the US. And especially DO NOT make it into a 4 door, unless you keep the current 2 door style. The US market is already flooded with 4 door sedans and 4 door station wagons, that wreak of "practicality" but have minimal backseats. Something like this has great proportions and lines with 2 large doors making ease of entry and exit.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a very solid little car. Pity cost-cutting-to-the-point-of-idiocy GM Holden swapped this for a Daewoo. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

      50mpg is awesome on TDI. 58.9MPG combined is stellar!

      • 8 Years Ago
      would make a great Saturn....
      • 8 Years Ago
      A very nice small car from GM. A shame the only small eco-car we get here is the Chevrolet Aveo... Hmm... maybe they need to move production of the Corsa to Korea as well or somewhere where GM builds their cheap cars they import here to America. Its kind of tiring to see GM and Ford make subpar cars for the American market. The bringing of the Astra here to the states is a good move, and the G8 Pontiac is another good move.... let's just see how it all pans out. With the American Dollar devaluing left and right though, seems it will be harder for companies to bring in cars from other countries.... So I guess GM needs to start planning car designs to be able to be built here, than abroad.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Really really sharp car. I love the small details on it. Depending on the interior room I would give this a serious look if it were on the US market against the Fit/Versa/Yaris. I hope the next version is just as stylish and has room for four adults. does anyone know the rear leg room on this?
      Is it in the 35-38 inch range that the Fit/Versa has?
        • 8 Years Ago
        The Opel Corsa (3door)
        legroom rear 35inch
        length 159inch
        width 67.4inch
        high 58.6inch
        wheelbase 98.9inch

        Toyota Yaris
        length 147.5inch
        width 66.78inch
        high 59.98inch
        wheelbase 96.92inch

        Nissan Versa
        length 169.1 inch
        width 66.7inch
        high 60.4inch
        wheelbase 102.4inch

        Honda Fit/Jazz
        length 157.4inch
        width 66.2inch
        high 60inch
        wheelbase 96.5inch

        The Opel Corsa has mor space inside as Fit or Yaris but not the rear seat legroom of the Versa, but it is avaible as 5 door.
      • 8 Years Ago
      very good looking hope the next model will look this good.
      isn't Opel expanding into Poland and Russia for small vehicle production?i thought i read that?
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