Opel and Vauxhall bring back the Corsa GSi warm hatch

It targets a sweet spot in the range between the regular Corsa and OPC/VXR performance variants

Following the launch of Insignia GSi models last year, Opel and Vauxhall mark the return of the Corsa GSi as well. Positioned as a warm hatch that bridges the gap between regular Corsa models and OPC/VXR performance versions, the Corsa GSi will only be available as a three-door hatch.

You'll be able to recognize Corsa GSi models thanks to their unique body kit. The warm hatch distinguishes itself from lesser Corsas thanks to the large air intakes in the front bumper, sculpted bonnet, large rear spoiler, sporty chrome tailpipe and creased side sills.

The honeycomb grille, mirror caps in carbon racing-look, black traverse cleat on the bonnet, and optional 18-inch light alloy wheels complete the exterior upgrades.

Inside, the Corsa GSi features a sports steering wheel, leather gearshift knob, aluminum sport pedals, as well as optional Recaro performance seats. Available features include the IntelliLink infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Performance-wise, the sporty hatch uses the Nürburgring-honed sport chassis from the OPC model and the brakes as well, complete with red calipers. The firmer springs and competition-tuned dampers will allow drivers to have better control of the car at high speeds, and "exceptional levels of grip in wet and dry conditions," according to the automaker.

The big mystery is the engine, but we'd put our money on a de-tuned version of the existing 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder gasoline unit used in the Corsa OPC/VXR. There's a precedent for that, as the previous Corsa GSi used a 150-hp 1.6-liter turbo linked to a six-speed manual transmission. The new Corsa GSi will be available to order later this year, when Opel and Vauxhall will offer more information, including pricing.

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