All that performance wouldn’t mean much if the Corsa VXR didn’t handle, ride, stop and steer as well, especially since these are the areas in which previous hot Vauxhalls have faded beside their key rivals.
Which is why Vauxhall’s engineers have, in their own words, gone to town on the VXR’s underpinnings.
It’s hard to know quite where to start when describing the various upgrades administered to the VXR’s chassis and suspension. The ride height, for example, is 19mm lower at the back and 12mm lower at the front thanks to the fitment of stiffer springs and uprated dampers. The anti-roll bar is 25 percent stiffer than a regular Corsa’s; the brakes are enormous by comparison (300mm ventilated discs at the front, 264mm discs at the back).
Even the ESP system has been completely recalibrated to allow a small amount of slip when pressing on before it intervenes.
And if you turn it off completely, says Vauxhall, the chassis has been set up to allow a degree of “controllable” lift-off oversteer that should please the wannabes Seb Loebs. Which is fine so long as it doesn’t also make the VXR edgy to drive at the same time.