Vauxhall has released these pictures of its new Corsa GSi ahead of it going on sale later this year.
The sub-VXR follows the launch of the Insignia GSi, which the firm says takes a ‘performance through dynamics’ approach, concentrating on an upgraded chassis rather than outright performance.
As such, although Vauxhall hasn’t confirmed the engines on offer for the Corsa GSi, we expect it to use the 150hp 1.4-litre turbocharged unit available in the current range.
Based on the standard three-door Corsa, the GSi sits on 18-inch alloys with suspension and brakes from the hot VXR model. Aesthetic upgrades – red brake calipers aside – include large air intakes and a honeycomb grille to the front of the car, and a rear spoiler at the rear. Chrome tailpipes and carbon-trimmed features complete the sporty appearance.
Inside, there are leather Recaro sports seats, a leather steering wheel and aluminium pedals. There’s also Vauxhall’s Intellilink infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity.
Although developments from Vauxhall’s performance VXR brand seem to have slowed following the firm’s take over by PSA Group, bosses have hinted that the future could involve a more hardcore sports car, likely to use hybrid powertrains.
Prices for the Vauxhall Corsa GSi are yet to be announced – but expect some tempting finance packages in a bid to appeal to a younger market than the VXR.