The three-door only VXR comes with several unique VXR styling cues. The mirrors, front fog lamp surrounds and centre-exit exhaust tailpipe all have a triangular theme, while the aggressive front and rear bumpers are unique to this model, and coupled with sweeping side skirts and an angular roof spoiler, a mesh front grille, blue-painted brake callipers and optional 18-inch alloys.
The interior features sculpted, shell-backed Recaro sports seats and the race-car style flat-bottomed steering wheel, drilled alloy pedals, piano black trim on the facia and unique VXR detailing on the dials and gear lever.
Power comes from a compact 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, developing 192PS and giving Corsa VXR the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 6.8 seconds, on to a top speed of 140mph. Like the Meriva VXR, it comes with an ‘overboost’ facility which can increase the torque output on demand to a maximum of more than 260Nm.
Safety features include a specially-tuned ESP system, along with uprated brakes and suspension and variably-assisted power steering, which alters the weight and feel of the wheel depending on the way in which the car is driven.
On extra-urban routes it returns 44.1mpg according to official figures and the combined fuel economy figure is 35.8mpg.
The Corsa VXR will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and will be available from Vauxhall retailers from mid-March. Prices will be announced nearer to the on-sale date.