Vauxhall reveals a limited edition Corsa VXR – the Vauxhall Corsa VXR Blue – with a few cosmetic tweaks and an Arden Blue paint job at £19,425.
Just a couple of months after we had the 2011 Vauxhall Corsa facelift we get treated to a Limited Edition ‘Hot’ Corsa – the Vauxhall Corsa VXR Blue.
You won’t be shocked to learn the ‘Blue’ bit relates to the paint job on this VXR, which comes in fetching Arden Blue Metallic paint and is garnished with a set of 18″ alloys, tinted glass, Recaros and bespoke interior air vents (no, we have no idea either). And that’s it. Although Vauxhall say you save £445 over speccing a regular car up with these options (would anyone tick the box for ‘bespoke interior air vents’?).
Fortunately the oily bits on the Corsa VXR Blue don’t need much fixing. The Corsa VXR Blue gets the 1.6 litre four-pot turbo producing 189bhp and a 0-60mph of 6.8 seconds. It even has an overboost feature giving up to 192lb/ft of torque when needed
The Corsa VXR Blue also gets lowered sports suspension, uprated brakes and switchable ESP, all of which adds up to an OTR of £19,425. Which as an interesting price point. Vauxhall are keen to tell us that the Corsa VXR Blue is so keenly priced that it undercuts the Citroen DS3 R and the Mini Cooper Works by up to £3,600. Which it does.
But why would Vauxhall compare the Corsa VXR Blue against the DS3 R? As far as we can work out the Corsa VXR Blue only about 0.2 seconds to 60mph quicker than the DS3 1.6 THP 150hp DSport, even though it has an almost 40bhp advantage. And if you compare prices against the DS3 1.6 THP 150hp the Corsa VXR is £3,425 more.
Which would probably explain the comparison Vauxhall chose to make.