Nurburgring model other than a Remus exhaust with twin tailpipes. All this for a £22,390 price means the Corsa would appear to be almost completely out of contention with the likes of the 200hp Peugeot 208 GTI and Renault Clio RS200, never mind the Ford Fiesta ST with Mountune kit fitted.
However, the Clubsport is more than just an exercise in maintaining interest in an ageing model. Its suspension is lowered by 20mm at the front and 15mm out back to give it a much squatter, keener look than a standard VXR model. The Bilstein dampers and Drexler limited slip differential carried over from the Nurburgring make the Clubsport a compact hot hatch still very much worth considering.
Unlike its main competition, the Clubsport makes no bones about trying to please most of the people most of the time. It's uncompromising and at its best when being driven hard, fast and with no regard to fuel economy.
Even when pressed harder still and understeer sets in, the Clubsport remains very controllable and lifting off the throttle, even with a twitchy right foot, induces nothing more than the nose sniffing back into line. Provoke it and oversteer is there to be had, but the Clubsport is better when driven with some precision.
This is evident in the way it resists spinning the front wheels from a quick start. Again, the differential is doing much of the work here, so 205hp in a small hot hatch is entertaining rather than overwhelming. From rest to 62mph comes up in 6.5 seconds, the same as the Nurburgring, and top speed is 143mph.
With the peak torque of 184lb ft spread between a lowly 2,250rpm and 5,500rpm, the Clubsport is rarely caught off-guard when you want to get going. Use the gears and it's a very quick cross-country machine, or you can leave it in a higher gear and use that wide band of power to breeze along in a fast, unfussed manner that shows Vauxhall has put the work into this upgrade.
More engineering solidarity is shown by the combination of the Clubsport's steering response, which is light enough for the daily grind but packed with enough feel to eke out the best from the strong front grip. Add in the easy, precise gear shift and strong Brembo brakes and the Clubsport is a great little car to tackle any road in. It's even quite refined, with a firm but forgiving ride.
However, it is very hard to overlook the quality and appearance of the cabin plastics in the Clubsport. While they might be acceptable in a ten grand shopping-cum-commuter car, they just look dated and out of place in a car costing more than £20,000. It's a disappointment some dedicated VXR fans will be prepared to overlook, but the chances of tempting buyers away from the delights of the Clubsport's major rivals is slight.
That's a pity as the Clubsport is a fittingly rapid and raw farewell for the Corsa. It will find a small but delighted audience, to which we belong, but for most compact hot hatch buyers it will be goodbye, ta-ta, auf wiedersehen and sayonara.
VAUXHALL CORSA VXR CLUBSPORT
Engine: 1598cc, 4cyl, turbocharged
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive, LSD
Power (hp): 205@5,750rpm
Torque (lb ft): 184lb ft@2,250-5,500rpm
Top speed: 143mph
MPG: 37.2 (combined)