CORSA NÜRBURGRING

PERFORMANCE

ENGINE & POWER

At the heart of every Corsa VXR lies a stunning 1.6i 16v turbo engine. Complete with built-in intercooler and sodium-filled exhaust valves, it produces 192PS and up to 260Nm of torque (with the software-controlled overboost function). The Nürburgring Edition takes this performance premise to the limit. Running on a diet of 98-octane fuel, it delivers no less than 205PS at 5750rpm and up to 280Nm* of torque. In fact, the re-mapped engine management system with revised turbocharger and sports exhaust with reduced back pressure have helped push performance to a whole new level. The headline figures are striking: 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. But as with many a VXR model, mere numbers are only half the story.

  • 1.6i 16v ECOTEC-4 Turbo (1598cc)
  • Maximum power: 205PS* (150kW) @ 5750rpm
  • Maximum torque: 250Nm** (184 lb-ft) @ 2250-5500rpm
  • Compression ratio: 8.8:1
  • Bore/stroke: 79.0mm x 81.5mm
  • Modified engine management and turbocharger
  • Intercooler
  • Sodium-filled exhaust valves

* Using 98-Ron unleaded fuel
** Increased to 280Nm with turbo overboost function

FUEL ECONOMY

Fuel economy and emissions mpg (litres/100km)

  • Urban driving: 27.7 (10.2)
  • Extra-urban driving: 46.3 (6.1)
  • Combined figure: 37.2 (7.6)
  • CO2 emissions: 178g/km

ACCELERATION & TRANSMISSION

Acceleration

Performance (manufacturer's figures)

  • Maximum speed: 143mph
  • Acceleration 0-60mph: 6.5 secs

Transmission

  • Six-speed manual gearbox
  • Gear ratios: First - 3.82:1
    Second - 2.16:1
    Third - 1.48:1
    Fourth - 1.07:1
    Fifth - 0.88:1
    Sixth - 0.74:1
    Final drive - 4.18:1.

SUSPENSION & BRAKES

Reining in the Nürburgring's blistering potential comes the requisite Brembo four-piston front braking setup. Some 30% lighter than previous executions, the newly developed system features high-performance pads across a 10% larger area for improved braking performance. The resulting setup adds exceptional stopping ability.

  • Lowered Bilstein springs and inverted dampers
  • Recalibrated ABS, traction control and ESP
  • Up-rated and reduced-weight Brembo front brakes
  • Front-ventilated disc brakes: 305mm diameter
  • Rear disc brakes: 264mm diameter

WHEELS & TYRES

Be in no doubt: the Corsa VXR Nürburgring Edition throws down a challenge to the hot-hatch elite, declaring its intent via a barrage of sporting identifiers:

  • Hardcore stainless-steel dual exhaust system
  • Newly designed 18-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels in high-gloss anthracite
  • Serious rubber: 225/35 R18 ultra-low profile tyres for massive grip