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.
THE LEGEND RETURNS – CORSA SRi IS BACK!
* 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