Pure Opel precision for pure driving pleasure – what the Insignia GSi is already impressively showing in the mid-size class will be brought to the small car segment by the new Corsa GSi.
A precise sports machine that becomes a cornering virtuoso thanks to its sports chassis fine-tuned on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The exterior design of the Corsa GSi leaves no doubts that it is a true little athlete that is equally impressive in everyday driving.
True to the motto “hot, hotter, Corsa GSi” the three-door hatchback impresses with precise lines. It has a characteristic design with large air intakes, sculptured bonnet, prominent rear spoiler and precisely modelled side sills.
From the front, the cheeky Opel GSi fascia with large honeycomb grille and the central Opel Blitz supported by two wings, along with the exterior rear view mirror housings in carbon racing-look, become visible. The large chrome-ringed design elements that are visually connected in a horizontal line via black crosspieces running across the front, along with the black traverse cleat on the bonnet, support the impression of road-clinging athlete.
The vibrant styling is also present when viewed from the rear. The prominent spoiler on the edge of the roof creates additional downforce, while the sporty chrome tailpipe is framed by the vibrant design of the rear apron in body colour.
The pure feeling of pocket-size sportiness is also conveyed by the interior. The Corsa GSi driver sits on the optional Recaro performance seat and puts his hands on the sports steering wheel. Select the gear via the leather gearshift knob, put your foot on the aluminium sport pedal and driving pleasure commences.
The Corsa GSi also emits pure precision. The sport chassis known from the OPC version and the brakes with red callipers ensure precise athleticism, outstanding handling and short braking distances when combined with the optional 18-inch light alloy wheels.
While the earlier 1983-1993 Opel Nova spawned a 1.6 GTE performance model, it wasn’t until the launch of the original Corsa in 1993 that the GSi moniker was used, but only for a very short period. Powered by a 16-valve, double-overhead cam 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 105hp at 6000rpm, the GSi would sprint to 100km/h in 9.5 seconds and on to a 195km/h top speed. A 5-speed manual gearbox, firmer suspension, bigger brakes and wider tyres turned the little Corsa into one of the very first German pocket rockets.