A brand new Vauxhall Corsa VXR is set to be released before summer next year. The new model will be a three-door hatchback and, whilst there isn't expected to be much difference in terms of sizing, there will be a number of notable differences from the existing model. Firstly, Vauxhall have shifted the centre of gravity, reducing this by 5mm in order to improve the handling of the vehicle. Whilst this is a change expected for the new standard Corsa, the effects would be more noticeable in the VXR due to the increase in power.
In terms of performance, the Vauxhall Corsa VXR will be fitted with a 1.4 litre turbocharged engine with four cylinders. Consequently, the power will be increased to around 200bhp. If the rumours are to be believed, this new model will also possess more a more powerful braking system, in addition to a ramped up suspension system.
The appearance will also set the VXR apart from standard models, with a wide range of add-ons giving the car a more sporty look. For instance, front and rear spoilers, and 18 inch alloy wheels. It is also thought to be slightly lower than the new Corsa model, and be fitted with a dual exhaust system.
The exact details of the VXR model are being kept tightly under wraps by the team at Vauxhall. It is believed that it will remain a three door model, and images that have been leaked online reveal new, Recaro seats in the front of the vehicle.
The car has recently been spotted in the final stages of testing, so it's like that it won't be long before it is available in the UK. Its release is expected before summer 2015, but dates have yet to be confirmed. Whilst the appearance of the car has been revealed by photographs taken at the test track, the precise details of the changes to the performance of the model are not expected to be released until the Geneva motor show in February. This will disappoint some enthusiastic Vauxhall fans, who may have been hoping for further details at last week's Paris Motor Show.
Either way, it won't be long before the new model is available, with the retail price anticipated to be around £19,000.