2011 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition: details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 20, 2011

The first official images of the Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition, known as the most powerful Corsa ever, have finally been released. This model, priced at £22,295, will go on sale towards the end of May. The Corsa Nurburgring is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that delivers 205 PS at 5,750 rpm (an upgrade from 192PS) and 250-280 Nm of torque (from 230-266 Nm).

This car can reach a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h) and it can accelerate from zero to 60mph in only 6.5 seconds. Its power increased due to a modified engine management and turbocharger system, coupled with a sports exhaust and reduced back pressure.

Vauxhall has also given the car a mechanical, multi-plate limited-slip differential, providing optimum traction to the car at all times. What’s most impressive on its specs is the chassis, which was finalized at the Nurburgring’s notorious Nordschleife circuit.

Vauxhall tasked Bilstein to come up with bespoke spring and damper units for this new car, with the ride height reduced by 20mm at the front and 15mm at the rear. The car also gets recently developed Brembo brakes, which are lighter by 30%, and feature high-performance brake linings that cover an area that’s larger by 10%.

Furthermore, the Corsa VXR’s ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control systems were all recalibrated to consider the Nurburging’s new set-up. Its appearance is improved with the addition of a stainless steel dual exhaust, new designs on the forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss grey, and ‘Nurburgring’ logos seen on the B-Pillars and front spoiler lip.

It is available in two colors -- apple green ‘Grasshopper’ and red ‘Henna’. Inside, the car is just as visually arresting. Black and red ‘Nurburgring’ lettering is used on the sill plates and front Recaro seat backs and bespoke white stitching can be seen on all seats, the handbrake and gearshift console.

Press Release

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring Edition, the most powerful Corsa ever, goes on sale in late May 2011 and aims to raise the bar in the hot-hatch class for performance and dynamics.

At the heart of the Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring Edition is a re-worked version of the Corsa VXR's existing 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which now produces 205PS at 5,750rpm (up from 192PS) and 250-280Nm of torque (up from 230-266Nm). A modified engine management and turbocharger system, sports exhaust with reduced back pressure - and the ability to run on 98-octane fuel - have all contributed to the rise in power.

To harness the Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring Edition's new-found power potential, Vauxhall has fitted it with a mechanical, multi-plate limited-slip differential, ensuring that its 205PS doesn't go up in a cloud of tyre smoke, and providing the car with optimum traction at all times. The LSD also reins in understeer caused by excessive throttle loads during cornering, or changes in the texture of the road surface.

But perhaps the icing on the Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring Edition's cake is its chassis, which received its final sign-off at the Nürburgring's notorious Nordschleife, or North Loop. Vauxhall commissioned Bilstein to develop bespoke spring and damper units for the new model, allowing drivers an even higher degree of control and involvement. A visual clue of this work is a ride height which is reduced by 20mm at the front and 15mm at the rear.

Complementing this are newly developed Brembo brakes, which are 30 per cent lighter than before, and have high-performance brake linings covering a 10 per cent larger area. In addition, the Corsa VXR's ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control systems have all been recalibrated to take into account the Nürburging's new set-up.

With performance of 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 143mph, the Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring Edition will deliver all the driving thrills you'd expect from a car wearing the legendary track's name. But just in case anyone was in doubt, the new model gets a raft of visual identifiers: a stainless steel dual exhaust, newly designed forged aluminium wheels in high-gloss grey, and 'Nürburgring' logos on the B-Pillars and front spoiler lip. There are also two new colours available - apple green 'Grasshopper' and red 'Henna'.

Inside, black and red 'Nürburgring' lettering adorns the sill plates and front Recaro seat backs, with bespoke white stitching on all seats, as well as the handbrake and gearshift console.

The Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring Edition goes on sale in late May 2011, priced at £22,295.

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