Driven in SA: Opel Corsa 1.4 Turbo

The Opel Corsa 1.4 Turbo Enjoy“Maybe it sounds a little feng shui but, essentially, what GMSA has done is to de-clutter its Opel Corsa hatch range for 2014, introducing a clean-burning new turbopetrol engine and re-arranging the spec levels to produce four distinctively different derivatives.

Each has its own character – especially the 1.4 Turbo Enjoy, released in South Africa this week as one-sixth of a ‘shotgun’ salvo with which GMSA served notice that Opel intends to be taken seriously again in our motoring lexicon.

Its 1364cc Ecotec twin-cam turbofour is tuned for efficiency rather than kick-in-the-pants performance, running a relatively mild 9.5:1 compression ratio for a quoted delivery of 88kW from 4800-6000 revs, backed by 175Nm all the way from 1750-4750rpm.

At first pull-away the 1.4 Turbo Corsa seems mild-mannered, almost understated – you want to ask, “Turbo – what turbo?” – but in fact that wide spread of power and, especially, torque, enables it to gather momentum deceptively quickly, without any slam-bang powerband, turbo lag or torque steer, reaching 100km/h in a fraction more than 10 seconds and going on (given enough road – fifth gear is very long) to a creditable 195km/h flat out.”

Read the full article on IOL Motoring.