The new Vauxhall Corsa VXR will make its debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

Its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine produces 205PS and 245Nm of torque from 1,900 – 5,800rpm.  A further 35Nm is available through an overboost function for overtaking.

The result is a 0-60mph sprint completed in 6.8 seconds, with 50-75mph in fifth gear dealt with in 6.6 seconds.  Top speed is 143mph.

The Corsa VXR is expected to achieve respectable economy figures of 37.7mpg, while CO2 emissions are 174 g/km.

The car’s suspension has been lowered by 10mm, and features Koni’s FSD dampers that alter their damping forces automatically to maintain ride quality at low speeds while ensuring taught body control at higher speeds.

The front brakes make use of 308mm discs, located behind 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 215/45 R17 tyres.

The VXR will feature a dual-stage ESP and traction control function, with Competition Mode disabling traction control and relaxing ESP interventions.  ESP can be fully disabled for track use.

Standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlights, Remus twin-exhaust system, side-sill extensions, rear spoiler, aluminium-framed front air intakes, and an additional vent at the leading edge of the bonnet.

The interior, meanwhile, features Recaro seats, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, sports pedals, heated front windscreen, and VXR branding.

An optional Performance Package will be available that adds some of the features from the previous Nurburgring and ClubSport models, namely a Drexler limited-slip differential, 330mm Brembo front brake discs, 18-inch alloy wheels, and retuned Koni FSD dampers.

The new Vauxhall Corsa VXR is expected to arrive in UK showrooms in May.

Prices have not yet been announced.