After Vauxhall's small car brand manager was questioned about the upcoming Vauxhall Corsa VXR by AutoExpress, Ian Mitchell replied with: "you might be seeing something next year. There’s such a following for it we’d be crazy not to do it." So yeah, our hunch was right and we'll get the all-new Corsa OPC/VXR in 2015.
So what's there to expect under the bonnet of the cheeky supermini? Well, Mr. Mitchell declared for the aforementioned publication that "it has got to be" more powerful than the Ford Fiesta ST, that's powered by a 180 horsepower 1.6-liter four-pot EcoBoost turbo mill. So it's safe to presume that the next-gen Corsa OPC/VXR will get at least 200 horsepower in order to stay competitive against the quite fast Renault Clio RS.
The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine on the outgoing generation of the hot supermini churns out some 192 horsepower and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque and it utilizes multipoint injection. For the upcoming model, we expect that under the hood you'll find the direct injection 1.6-liter SIDI turbo mill, which provides the Cascada cabriolet with 200 horsepower and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm).
Our assumption is based on the fact that it's a cleaner, more economical unit that provides more oomph than the old 1.6 without needing too much attention from the automaker's skunkworks. Further more, the Clio RS boasts with 200 hp and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque, so it's pretty obvious what will propel the Opel Corsa OPC.
By the way, the Vauxhall VXR Clubsport with its six-speed manual is faster round the Nurburgring than the Clio RS' lazy twin-clutch tranny. Therefore we expect big things from the hot hatchback's next iteration.