Long for the days of the Peugeot 106 Rallye? Well, Vauxhall may well have the answer, in the form of its new Vauxhall Corsa Sting R.
At the launch of the 2015 Vauxhall Corsa, the company’s small car brand manager Ian Mitchell told us: “We took inspiration from the Peugeot 106 Rallye from the 1990s for the Corsa Sting R.”
The Corsa Sting R is Vauxhall’s showpiece for the new turbocharged, three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine, previously only available in the Adam city car.
In Sting R trim it packs 115hp (lesser models are available with a 90hp version), and will hit 62mph in 10.4 seconds.
Introduced in 1994, the Peugeot 106 Rallye was powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine producing 100hp. Available in red, white or black it was stripped out for serious petrolheads – with no creature comforts like electric windows or power steering.
The Vauxhall Corsa Sting R doesn’t quite go down the same route, with luxuries such as cruise control and a heated windscreen (standard even on the basic Life model).
And anyone wanting the revvy nature of a 90s hot hatch may be disappointed – the 1.0-litre T has been developed with economy in mind, and peak torque of 125lb ft is reached at just 1,800rpm.
Fortunately the Vauxhall Corsa Sting R has elements of old school hot hatches on the outside – with twin black stripes running the length of the car, along with 16-inch black alloy wheels and black door mirrors.
There’s even a chrome-effect exhaust tip for the authentic sporty Vauxhall Corsa look.
Inside, you’ll find sports pedals, a VX-Line leather-covered, flat-bottom steering wheel, and a VX-Line leather-lined gear knob and handbrake lever.
Prices for the Vauxhall Corsa Sting R start at £10,995. A hotter VXR version is expected later in 2015.