The GSi version of Opel’s most popular model is equipped with a 150 horsepower engine, and chassis and brakes designed for sporty driving.

The GSi version of Opel’s most popular model is equipped with a 150 horsepower engine, and chassis and brakes designed for sporty driving.

Opel has presented the new Corsa GSi on the market, the latest wink of the current generation, which will be replaced in mid-2019 by a new Corsa already developed under the orbit of the PSA automobile group. It must be remembered that the French multinational acquired this German brand just over a year ago.

The Opel Corsa is a supermini car engineered and produced by the German automobile manufacturer Opel since 1982. Throughout its existence, it has been sold under a variety of other brands owned by General Motors (most notably Vauxhall, Chevrolet, and Holden) and also spawned various other derivatives.

At its height of popularity, the Corsa became the best-selling car in the world in 1998, recording 910,839 sales with assembly operations in four continents and was sold under five marques with five different body styles.By 2007, over 18 million Corsas had been sold globally

But while the new Corsa arrives, there is room to enjoy this GSi, an artist of curves, as the brand itself considers it. This was demonstrated in the presentation to the press, since the brand chose a particularly attractive setting along the winding roads of the so-called “Route des Crêtes”. A place full of curves, which number in the hundreds, between France and Germany. An ideal terrain on which the small sports car has been able to demonstrate the accuracy of its preparation.

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Today’s Corsa GSi is a small sports car whose character is marked by a powerful engine and a chassis tuned to the demands of sporty driving. The original Opel brand engine is a four-cylinder in-line with a capacity of 1.4 liters which, thanks to the action of a turbocharger, achieves a very favorable relationship between weight and power for sporty driving, completed with a Manual gearbox with six gears.

The engine yields a power of 150 horsepower and a torque of 220 Nm, so they are available between 3,000 and 4,500 rpm. This achieves acceleration from 0 to 100 per hour in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 207 km/h. That is to say, we are facing an engine with a good recovery from the lower zone of the rev counter.

The Corsa GSi, with an aesthetic that does not go unnoticed, has an OPC chassis, which is already a guarantee of effectiveness. Added to this is a team of disc brakes, with red painted calipers, which have been fine-tuned by specialists at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit under the supervision of Opel Performance Cars (OPC), to guarantee very agile and short stopping distances, especially when mounted on the optional 18-inch light-alloy wheels with 215/40 ZR18 sports tyres. In these conditions, the car is a true limpet on the road, it already maintains the desired trajectory in the linked areas of curves and the braking is always maintained with maximum effectiveness, without noticing pressure losses or lengthening of the stopping meters.

The price of the small sports car is 21,500 euros, although this is not the amount that the buyer has to pay, because the transaction price, including the launch campaigns, is 14,400 euros. This amount already includes taxes, such as VAT and the registration fee, transport and also the typical thousand euros that all brands discount if the purchase operation is carried out through the brand’s financial institution. Also included in this price is the so-called “GSi 1 Pack”, which includes a series of highly valued elements, such as the rear view camera or the adaptive bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.

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