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Prices for the new Vauxhall Corsa GSi variant have been announced, starting from £18,995.

Dealers are now taking orders for the sports-pitched version of the supermini, with first deliveries expected in September.

Effectively the GSi is a significantly less hardcore sister model to the Corsa VXR, built on a similar chassis and powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine with a short-ration six-speed manual gearbox.

Power output is 150hp with 220Nm of torque compared to the 205hp and 280Nm of the VXR. This results in an 8.9-second 0-62mph time and a maximum speed of 129mph – the VXR hits 62mph from rest in 6.8 seconds and goes on to 143mph.

GSi buyers will also see an advantage in economy and emissions. The car is quoted under the new Euro 6d-TEMP figures at 49.6mpg combined cycle fuel economy and with CO2 emissions of 139g/km – a significant improvement over the 37.7mpg and 174g/km of the VXR.

Standard equipment on GSi models will include 17-inch bi-colour cut alloy wheels, a rear roof spoiler, sports front grille and a bespoke air dam/bumper and side sills.

Dark tinted rear windows, a carbon effect on the door mirrors and grille bar, and LED daytime running lights complete the exterior effect. Inside the car gets sports-style front seats, a leather-covered flat-bottom steering wheel and Vauxhall’s Navi R4.0 IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Buyers can also add the GSi Plus Pack. Costing £1,900, it replaces the alloy wheels with 18-inch diamond cut versions, and the seats with full Recaro leather variants. Bi-xenon headlights with a cornering function are also included.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.