Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition - Web Exclusive
Subscribe to the Free

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition - Web Exclusive

Vauxhall has fitted it with a mechanical, multi-plate limited-slip differential, ensuring its power doesn't go up in a cloud of tire smoke.

Apr 20, 2011

These are the first official pictures of Vauxhall's most powerful Corsa ever, the new VXR Nurburgring Edition, which goes on sale in late May and aims to raise the bar in the hot-hatch class for performance and dynamics.

Eurp 1104 01 o+vauxhall corsa vxr nurburgring edition+driver side front view Photo 2/4   |   Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition - Web Exclusive

Sold as an Opel in mailand Europe but a Vauxhall in great Britain, at the heart of the Nurburgring is a re-worked version of the Corsa VXR's existing 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, which now produces 205hp at 5750rpm (up from 192hp) and 185-205 lb-ft of torque.

A modified engine management system and turbocharger, 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 Nurburgring's new-found potential, Vauxhall has fitted it with a mechanical, multi-plate limited-slip differential, ensuring its power doesn't go up in a cloud of tire smoke. The LSD also reins in understeer caused by excessive throttle loads during cornering.

But perhaps the icing on the Nurburgring's cake is its chassis, which received its final sign-off at the Nurburgring's notorious Nordschleife. Vauxhall commissioned Bilstein to develop bespoke springs and dampers for the new model, allowing drivers an even higher degree of control and involvement. A visual clue is a ride height reduced by 20mm at the front, 15mm at the rear.

Eurp 1104 02 o+vauxhall corsa vxr nurburgring edition+front fascia Photo 3/4   |   Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition - Web Exclusive

Complementing this are new 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 Nurburging's new set-up.

With performance of 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 143mph, the Corsa Nurburgring 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 wheels in high-gloss grey, and 'Nurburgring' logos on the B-Pillars and front spoiler.

There are also two new colors available - apple green 'Grasshopper' and red 'Henna'.

Eurp 1104 03 o+vauxhall corsa vxr nurburgring edition+rear fascia Photo 4/4   |   Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition - Web Exclusive

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

The Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition goes on sale in late May.



Aston Martin isn't expected to deliver its third hypercar until late 2021, but it's already teasing the mid-engine coupe codenamed Project 003
Kelly PleskotFeb 20, 2019
Carbon Signal Automotive (CS) might not be a familiar name to most, but it's quickly mastered what neither the best in California or Japan can do yet, which is what's helped put its name onto the map.
Jonathan WongFeb 20, 2019
Speedworks Motorsport opts for the new Toyota Corolla hatchback to take racing in the 2019 British Touring Car Championship
Bob HernandezFeb 20, 2019
The Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster has been discontinued, and to celebrate the automaker has announced a Final Edition
Conner GoldenFeb 19, 2019
The Blue Oval will unleash an all-new, 276hp Ford Focus ST this summer in Europe, and we get nothing
Ed TahaneyFeb 19, 2019
Sponsored Links