Vauxhall has revived its well-known SRi badge and pinned it to the successful new Corsa, with hopes that the combination will appeal to those who want similar looks and handling of the Corsa VXR, but with less performance at a lower price.
The SRi will be offered with just two engines. The first is a 1.6-litre, 148bhp turbo, capable of sending the hatch from 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph.
The alternative motor is a slightly less exciting 1.7-litre diesel. Putting out 123bhp and a 0-60mph time of 9.3 seconds, the payoff of choosing the oil burner however, is an excellent combined cycle figure of 58.9mpg.
In order to improve the handling of the regular small hatch, the SRi is fitted with a sports chassis, which lowers the front ride height by 18mm and the rear by 15mm. So expect greater body control and turn-in but with a slight compromise on ride comfort.
The SRi will feature front and rear spoilers, deep body-coloured side sills and 17-inch alloy wheels giving it a great, VXR-inspired stance on the road. Vauxhall will also share the range-topper's chrome exhaust system with the SRi too. Completing the sporty look, the new car will receive red inserts on the leather steering-wheel and sports seats, whilst the seatbelts are an all-red affair.
.The three-door 1.6-litre will be priced at £13,625 and rise to £14,275 for the five-door. Alongside, the three-door diesel variant will be £14,235 and £650 more for the equivalent five-door.