RE: Vauxhall Corsa VXR Clubsport: Spotted

RE: Vauxhall Corsa VXR Clubsport: Spotted

Thursday 8th February

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Clubsport: Spotted

A raw, rambunctious and rapid Vauxhall hot hatch, now on offer for less than £10k



If you were to cobble together a 'perfect hot hatch' recipe - goodness knows it's been discussed enough times - then what would you have? A three-door supermini would be a good start, with a manual gearbox and punchy turbo engine making more than 200hp surely welcome, too. Moreover, if you were choosing componentry, how about dampers from Bilstein, a limited-slip diff from Drexler and brakes from Brembo?


All of that features in the Corsa VXR Clubsport, a run-out model for the previous generation fast Corsa that reinstated the mechanical spec of the Nurburgring Edition. However, that griffin sat proudly on the nose would always ensure it would struggle to attract attention - fast Vauxhalls do still have an image problem, don't they? And while it might not be the best handling pocket rocket ever made, and the interior doesn't look fantastic just a few years on from launch, the Clubsport Corsa is still worth investigating.

Back when PH first drove this version of VXR - and where the lead image is pinched from - it was described as "a fittingly rapid and raw farewell for the Corsa", set to find a "small but delighted audience". With good reason, too, thanks to great traction, strong brakes and a resoundingly old-school attitude. There was plenty to like, and that continued into the updated car, even if some would never give it another look.

In addition, while the VXR Clubsport may not have driven much like other Vauxhalls, it certainly depreciated like them. Which means cars like this one, registered in 2014 with a £22k list price (and having covered just 13,000 miles), are available for less than £10,000.

£9,277 to be precise, which looks like something of a bargain for a car so talented that's only covered a little more than a year's average mileage. Even the very cheapest VXRs (that are seven years older than this) currently command more than £4k.

So what's the problem? You know the problem. It's the wealth of alternative hot hatch options available for the same money. There can be little denying that the Fiesta ST is a more rounded proposition than the Vauxhall, and the Mk3 Clio 200 is one of the best handling front-wheel drive cars ever - the Corsa is not.


That being said, a Fiesta for the same money has twice the mileage of the Corsa; this Clio at £9,495 has more than four times the mileage, as well as being five years older. Which is quite a lot, really.

Nobody is saying that the Corsa is some forgotten hot hatch legend, though it arguably deserves more recognition than it currently attracts - particularly as a Clubsport. When cars like this are available for relatively little cash, perhaps more people might be attracted to the Corsa's charms.


SPECIFICATION - VAUXHALL CORSA VXR CLUBSPORT

Engine: 1,598cc, 4-cylinder turbocharged
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive, LSD
Power (hp): 205@5,750rpm
Torque (lb ft): 184@2,250-5,500rpm
MPG: 37.2 (NEDC combined)
CO2: 178g/km
First registered: 2014
Recorded mileage: 13,000
Price new: £22,390
Price now: £9,277

See the original advert here.

 


 

 

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VR6 Eug

Original Poster:

92 posts

128 months

Thursday 8th February
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Ive had my share of vauxhalls over the years and most have been poor, i just dont like them...the fast ones have to much power for the chassis to deploy, unreliable, exploding engines, chav image going all the way back to the 16v gte astra, the only good one for me was my fwd cavalier gsi 2000, that ticked all the boxes in 1991 and never broke down in 3 years....

alorotom

4,367 posts

116 months

Thursday 8th February
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The Mrs had a Nurby VXR and I loved it ... sold it at 3yrs with 4K on the clock to low volume dealer sourcing it for “a collector” and I believe it’s now just in a collection.

It was a great little car! Loads of deals were to be had and not many ppl paid full list for one (list most VXs in my experience)

s m

16,289 posts

132 months

Thursday 8th February
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I drove very similar car at Oulton on a VXR Experience day.

Thought it was a fantastic little hot hatch especially with the proper LSD, handling very entertaining.

Sporty Spice's brother was on hand to give passenger rides in these too. I watch the prices and will look out for one when they drop into budget.

Have really enjoyed the sporty Opel/Vauxhalls I've had - both great drivers' cars ( Manta GTE and GTE16v )

S9JTO

537 posts

15 months

Thursday 8th February
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I test drove one of these last year, identical spec to the car above funnily enough. It was truly enjoyable to drive, great soundtrack, good brakes and pretty decent looking (especially from the rear).

I opted for the Ibiza Cupra in the end purely down to the interior quality, better 'image' (awaiting abuse), fuel economy (again, awaiting abuse), insurance and the fact it was only £1.5k cheaper than a 6 month old 1.8TSI Cupra at the time.

Agree that it is a very capable and underrated car. That interior is a game changer for me though, apart from the buckets.

Roastie ITR

445 posts

133 months

Thursday 8th February
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I also drove these on a VXR Experience day & really really liked them, would consider one in the future.
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cossers

1,380 posts

69 months

Thursday 8th February
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Had plenty of Corsas in my time and been great little cars, rarely gave bother and peanuts to fix, never had the vxr in the Corsa range but 2 years back bought a new Vxr Astra j, it’s been a fantastic car.

I’ve also an r27 197 with a couple of k than that alien green 200, you’d have to be a bit of a tit to pay anywhere near that price for it!

Edited by cossers on Thursday 8th February 09:55

chris4652009

265 posts

13 months

Thursday 8th February
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Excellent little cars these.

Jonno02

1,730 posts

38 months

Thursday 8th February
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The sporty little corsas look good (i.e. the 500 'special edition' variants). But the Vauxhall's I've owned have all been utter lemons!

culpz

3,672 posts

41 months

Thursday 8th February
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These do look great from the outside. It's just the interiors that i can't get on with. A mate at work had a standard Corsa VXR for a good few years with a few mods done to it.. Made some lovely turbo noises but never seemed that fast. I never actually drove it though and was just a passenger a few times.

I think i'm too much of a Renault Sport fanboy really. So, a fast Clio would always be my pic in this segment.

LewisR

663 posts

144 months

Thursday 8th February
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Can't get excited about a £10k FWD Vauxhall hatchback.

DuncB7

261 posts

27 months

Thursday 8th February
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I want to like this but I just can't.

I'd struggle to look beyond the Fiesta ST-2 at this budget.

Sure the VXR has the fancy bits but it will still drive like a Vauxhall.

Even the steering wheel makes me feel inert and Vectra-ish.

cholo

923 posts

164 months

Thursday 8th February
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Not sure if i'd feel right driving around in this without a Burberry baseball cap.

FN2TypeR

5,088 posts

22 months

Thursday 8th February
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LewisR said:
Can't get excited about a £10k FWD Vauxhall hatchback.
Have you driven one of these?

cossers

1,380 posts

69 months

Thursday 8th February
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cholo said:
Not sure if i'd feel right driving around in this without a Burberry baseball cap.
Because it’s a vauxhall or because it a Corsa?

charltjr

3,190 posts

124 months

Thursday 8th February
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DuncB7 said:
Sure the VXR has the fancy bits but it will still drive like a Vauxhall.
Suggest you take a look at the reviews from when it was launched, by all accounts it's a lot of fun.

My question would be how much of the tendency for the engines to nuke piston 4 is internet mythology or whether it's something to genuinely worry about.

WCZ

5,233 posts

123 months

Thursday 8th February
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+45bhp on a remap too so will be faster than a fst

3yardy3

74 posts

43 months

Thursday 8th February
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Im sure its great... however it's probably one of the chaviest cars on the road currently, and its a Vauxhall...

Quhet

1,698 posts

75 months

Thursday 8th February
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alorotom said:
The Mrs had a Nurby VXR and I loved it ... sold it at 3yrs with 4K on the clock to low volume dealer sourcing it for “a collector” and I believe it’s now just in a collection.

It was a great little car! Loads of deals were to be had and not many ppl paid full list for one (list most VXs in my experience)
Can't have loved it that much if she only did 4k miles in 3 years!

NotNormal

2,072 posts

143 months

Thursday 8th February
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Quhet said:
Can't have loved it that much if she only did 4k miles in 3 years!
Since when did quantity of miles equate to how much someone loves their car?What a daft statement to make.





S9JTO

537 posts

15 months

Thursday 8th February
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Quhet said:
Can't have loved it that much if she only did 4k miles in 3 years!
I thought the same when I read that, hopefully a typo.