The new Corsa Sport slots in just above the three-cylinder 1.0-Litre turbocharged Cosmo model and rounds off the Corsa line-up, which now consists of five models, namely: The 1.0T Cosmo, 1.0T ecoFLEX Enjoy, 1.0T Essentia and 1.4 six-speed Automatic.
The new Corsa is a good-looking car and its new design has set it apart from its more clinical looking competitors. The Sport, however, has taken the design slightly further with a subtle OPC Line kit for customers who want to show their sporty ambitions. The standard kit includes front and rear bumper extensions, side rocker mouldings, sporty exhaust tip and a carbon-look on the outside rear-view mirror covers. Additional features to the exterior include 17-inch dark titanium wheels as well as a comprehensive range of 15 exterior colours, five solid and 10 metallic, so customers are really spoilt for choice.
Inside the Corsa Sport, Opel has added a few things to further enhance its sporty characteristics. Sculptural surfaces and flowing lines are key elements in the design of the new Corsa’s interior. The sculptural wing-shaped instrument panel top-pad has been enhanced by the attendance of an all- new leather covered flat bottom sport steering wheel with silver bezel, alloy sports pedals and a leather-covered gear-shift knob from the Corsa OPC. An OPC handbrake lever covered in jet black leather also features inside. The cloth-covered Moonray sports seats are designed for comfort and support during spirited driving. Opel’s award-winning IntelliLink infotainment system, which brings the connected world of smartphones and apps into the car, is available as a standard feature on the Sport model.
As for the sporty driving part of things, the front suspension geometry has been optimized via changes on the front knuckle to improve vehicle roll behaviour, steering response and understeer behaviour. The changes have been engineered to offer a significant improvement in ride, more stable and safer handling as well as better steering feel and precision.
Under the hood Opel has fitted its latest engine from the ecoTEC family of small petrol engines. The 1.4 turbo-charged ecoTEC engine develops a spirited 110kW and 220Nm of torque. This motor has been developed to combine both performance and efficiency. The engine propels the Corsa from a standing start to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds, with a top speed of 204km/h. The 1.4T Sport’s tested fuel consumption is about 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.
The new Corsa Sport not only offers a new driving experience with improved comfort and precision, thanks to its new chassis and steering systems, it also makes driving easier and safer with advanced assistance systems, particularly in hectic city driving conditions as many of us experience.
One such feature, which we really like, is the standard-fitment City Mode, which increases power assistance at lower speeds. This is particularly useful when manoeuvring in congested urban areas. Many of the Corsa Sport’s driver assistance systems are unrivalled in their class. These include a set of 25 Watt bi-Xenon headlamps with cornering light control and LED daytime running lights as well as Side Blind Spot Alert (optional).
The Corsa Sport offers customers an added bit of flair and with the design enhancements it also lets you stand out from the crowd.
Corsa 1.4T Sport: R255 200
Sport Option Pack 1: Advanced Park Assist 2 and Side Blind Zone Alert - R5 000.