GSi is coming back to South Africa! Opel have confirmed that in early 2019, they will be relaunching the Corsa in GSi guise. The 'warm-hatch' is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged motor that produces 110kw and 220nm - the exact same outputs as the South African-spec Corsa Sport 1.4T 5-door. Thanks to a short-ratio, 6-speed manual gearbox, it will run from 0-100kph in 8.9 seconds, and onto a top speed of 207kph. The GSi utilizes an OPC chassis that has been set up on the Nürburgring. Agile handling and short braking distances are guaranteed, especially when combined with the optional 18-inch light alloy wheels with 215/40 ZR18 sports tyres. The GSi stands out thanks to its OPC-like exterior design, which features larger air intakes, a sculptured bonnet and modeled side sills. Opel says that the roof-mounted wing “creates additional downforce”, while the sporty chrome tailpipes contribute to its unique stance. The sporty interior gets a sports steering wheel, leather gearshift knob and aluminium pedals, which are complemented by the optional RECARO performance seats. Sadly, South Africa didn't get the spicy OPC version of the Corsa E, but this would be a fitting tribute to the Corsa, which gets replaced by the Corsa F (which rides on a PSA platform) late next year. Opel has yet to release pricing for the three-door Corsa GSì, but expect it to be pricier than the five-door Corsa Sport 1.4T which is currently priced at R297 995. It’s also likely to retain the 3-year/60 000km service plan and 5-year/120 000 warranty as its Corsa siblings. Opel South Africa have also confirmed that they will be launching diesel versions of the Crossland X and Grandland X, and the Opel Combo Van locally in 2019. #TunedAutomotive #CRBN8 #AutoAdvisor

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