The Corsa Sport fills a growing but unfulfilled niche for small compact, fun, hot-hatch backs – yet it has remained Opel’s best kept secret – until now!
My experience of the Corsa Sport exceeded the benchmark of its on-paper performance. I.e. Its on-road performance demonstrates an exponentially more dynamic vehicle – while practical and fuel-efficient. Sub the precipice of R300k. And probably the last remnant of the Corsa OPC: spec’d with the OPC_Line body-kit, panoramic sun-roof, L.E.D D.R.L’s, Bi-Xenon cornering headlights, 17” tyres/dark titanium alloy mags, and a lower pitched active sports suspension. Bolstered by an 110kw, 1.4 turbocharged engine, coupled to a swift rowing 6-speed manual transmission that dispatches 220nm of torque to the front wheels. Imbuing the Corsa Sport with superb off-the-line acceleration by virtue of a plump reserve of torque, that enables you to make split-second overtaking manoeuvres – more accustomed to bigger turbo engine vehicles.
Climb into the Corsa Sport, grasp the quality molded leather grip multi-function steering wheel, your eyes catch the detail of the stylish black gloss accents, the willowy expanse and sporty aluminum race pedals – ambiance to complement a lively driving experience. Systematically the Corsa Sport’s chassis/suspension provides speed proportionate dynamics generated during trail braking, heavy acceleration or hard cornering scenarios. The suspension’s rate of travel responds with optimum pliancy, in tandem with the car’s shift in load transfer and degree of steering input. Now naturally one would expect a fair amount of understeer, but because of the Corsa’s highly perceptible centre of gravity, tangible to the driver – the car feels like it is pivoting or balancing on its own axis. Therefore, hypothetically speaking, Opel’s engineers have taken one of Newton’s laws of physics, and thrown it at you to play with like a beach ball – except the Corsa Sport is much more fun. Ticking all the right boxes, this sporty hatchback offers versatility and the congenial appeal of a ‘mom’s taxi.’ With two sets of ISOFIX baby chair anchors, space in the boot for two prams, enough utility areas and cup-holders, means Racer Boy now turned dad can be the responsible father by day and Batman by night. Combine the fuel consumption of both “responsible father by day” and “Batman by night,” and the Corsa yields a respectable 7.5l/100km. Otherwise 5.8l/100km on the open road.
Moreover, the Corsa Sport boasts an inventory of world-class safety features like ABS/EBD with brake-assist, T/c, vehicle stability control, PDC sensors/reverse-camera, blind-spot monitoring and 6-airbags. Along with onboard integrated-to-driver voice activated Bluetooth media functionality, that includes a 7” IntelliLink Infotainment Touchscreen, cruise-control and Sat-nav for enhanced driver convenience. Besides the Renault Clio GT-Line, pound-for-pound the Corsa Sport has no other rival, and at a competitive price point of R289 316 – the Corsa Sport is undoubtedly the segment’s signature Silver Bullet.
By Dean Joseph