German automaker Opel recently revitalized its GSi performance with an Insignia GSi. Now Opel is expanding the badge to the 2018 Corsa GSi.
While the GSi isn’t quite as hot as the Corsa OPC, it is packing a turbocharged 1.4-liter with 148 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Opel says this power level will be good for a zero to 62 mph time of about 8.9 seconds.
Although there’s a power deficit between the GSi and former OPC model, the GSi is borrowing the OPC’s sport suspension setup. This means the Corsa will have Koni dampers and a ride height resting .4 inches lower than the standard Corsa model.
Merging with the lower ride is a more aggressive exterior design. Opel has given the GSi a hood scope, more aggressive bodywork and enlarged brakes hiding under unique 17 inch wheels. Inside, buyers can add Recaro seats in addition to other sporty appearance upgrades.
The addition of the GSi model is likely the last significant change for the current generation Corsa, which is slated to be redesigned soon atop a PSA Group platform. A new Corsa is expected to launch next year, in fact. Opel was acquired by PSA Group last year and is expected to quickly redesign the Opel lineup to its own architectures to enjoy the cost savings of the acquisition.