“There’s always a spot of wariness when a motor manufacturer releases a new variant with a ‘Sport’ badge tacked to its tail, especially when it proves to be the Corsa 1,4T Sport; the firms current halo model and stop-gap between its workaday staples and the hooligan OPC.
But Opel has claimed that there’s more than just a badge and a bump up in spec at play here, citing extensive chassis and suspension reworkings and a tuned version of its widely applied 1,4-litre turbopetrol as the most . We took a drive through some of the most engaging passes in the Outeniqua/Oudschoorn region to see what the new apex Corsa is all about.
Opel was never going to let the Sport steal any of the OPC’s aesthetic thunder and, consequently, the cosmetic treatments have been somewhat low-key. Externally, the OPC_Line styling kit comprises extended sills and bumpers, a more pronounced exhaust finisher and carbon-fibre-effect coatings for the wing mirrors and central grille louvre. The Sport rolls on a set of 17-inch anthracite-shaded alloy wheels shod with 215/45 R17 rubber.
OPC-derived touches, including a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, OPC gearknob and handbrake, and metal pedal boots are among the highlights of an otherwise familiar, solidly built Corsa cabin.
Beneath the skin
While the cosmetic alterations are subtle, Opel caims to have applied a raft of changes to both drive- and powertrain setups. The 1,4-litre turbopetrol has been lifted from the likes of the Astra and Mokka, where it develops 103 kW/200 N.m, and given a bump up to 110 kW and 220 N.m.
Revisions have also been made to the front suspension, with a lower ride height, stiffer front spring rates geared more towards reining in body roll and improving understeer behaviour.
But do these changes befit the Sport monicker?”
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