The Car Geek: The All-New Opel Corsa GSi

The Car Geek

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The All-New Opel Corsa GSi

“More substance than show”. This is what the new Opel Corsa GSi is all about! This new ride exhibits the character of refined sportiness rather than the unbending high-performance character that was featured in the Opel Corsa OPC which was launched earlier this year. The new Corsa was introduced at the Barcelona Motor Show which started last June 7, 2007 and will end on the seventeenth day of June. If we were to compare the Corsa GSi from the OPC and the Corsa Sport, the latest model is packed with a powerful 1.6 ECOTEC turbo engine that boosts 110 kW/150 horsepower at 5000 rpm. It situates the latest sporty model between the 1.7 CDTI of Corsa Sport with 125 horsepower and the Corsa OPC with a high-performance of 192 horsepower.

“We’re pleased to launch another model, with the legendary GSi heritage. Opel fans know just what the three letters GSi stand for: plenty of fun, good value for money and no compromises in everyday use or driving conditions,” explains Alain Visser, the Executive Director of European Marketing for Opel. “The Corsa GSi combines the virtues of its compact dimensions with impressive performance over the entire rpm range, which actually positions the model in the next higher car class.” The addition of the GSi to the Corsa model line expands the range to five gasoline and three diesel variants with a performance spectrum of 60 to 192 hp. Over 320,000 new Corsas have been sold across Europe since the fourth-generation’s launch in October 2006.

The Corsa GSi is available in a five-door or a three-door variant of your choice. It is boosted by a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine with a top speed of 210 kph and zooms from zero to 100 kph in 8.1 seconds.

Highlights of the life of the Opel Corsa

  • First production car with integrated rear carrier system Flex-Fix
  • First vehicle in its class with optional halogen curve and cornering light
  • First vehicle in its class with active head restraints
  • First vehicle in its class with heated steering wheel
  • Sport variant is first vehicle in its segment with variable progressive power steering
  • October 2006: Automotive journalists voted Corsa “Car of the Year” in Denmark
  • October 2006: Comparison test victories in “Auto Zeitung” and “auto motor und sport” magazines
  • November 2006: Automotive journalists elect Corsa “Topauto 2007”
  • December 2006: Journalists from Eastern and Central Europe voted Corsa “Autobest 2007”
  • December 2006/January 2007: Corsa voted “Car of the year” in Belgium, United Kingdom, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia
  • Most popular equipment variant in Germany in 2006: Edition
  • Most popular engine in Germany in 2006: 1.2 TWINPORT