Opel Corsa special series
136 hp, 260 Nm, 0 to 100 km/h in 8.7 s.
351 km d’autonomie WLTP
Unique finish at €35,100 (discounted price)
Also available in 130 hp petrol (€25,300)
Is the fashion for “Youngtimers” pushing car manufacturers to value their past? While Volkswagen has been upholstering the seats of its Golf GTIs for a few years with tartan-like fabric in a nod to the 1974 model, the flashing brand is also starting to invoke the history of its city car. Forty years after the release of the very first Corsa in 1982, Opel is launching a special ultra-limited series on the market to celebrate the canonical age of this car, which has sold more than 14 million units and has since passed through five other generations of models.
The comparison with the Golf GTI also applies to the funny similarities in terms of presentation: the 40th anniversary Corsa sports a pretty “Rekord red” officially inspired by one of the colors of the very first model, with a black roof, 17 inches in the same color and even a maximally darkened Opel badge on the grille. Everything to believe in the presence of a real little sports car, especially when you open the door and discover enveloping seats with a checkered pattern. Note in passing that Opel’s communicators deny any inspiration from another famous German manufacturer, explaining that the original Corsa also offered this type of upholstery with a colorful finish. The large numbered badge fixed on the right part of the dashboard, generally present rather in the rarest models from Porsche or Ferrari, would almost give the impression of being in an exceptional machine. Let’s not get carried away: available with a choice of a 1.2-liter turbocharged 130-hp petrol unit with automatic gearbox or a 136-hp electric motor, this Opel Corsa 40th Anniversary looks nothing but sporty.
It also inaugurates the technical update already installed on the Peugeot e-208 which you will discover in a few days, with a gain in maximum autonomy on the electric version thanks to small modifications to the software and mechanics. While the Frenchwoman now claims a maximum autonomy of 362 kilometers (WLTP) against 340 previously (in particular by modifying the engine reducer and retouching the heat pump), the Stroke and now officially emerges at 359 km instead of 337 previously. With the 17-inch rims of the 40th anniversary version, this maximum range drops to 351 km, which promises an interesting range, knowing that it remains compatible with fast charging at 100 kW (or 11 kW in alternating current ).
Installed on board this 40th anniversary Corsa in electric version under the grayness of the Rüsselsheim headquarters on a morning with an autumnal climate, we find the familiar universe of the city car launched in 2019. The extra colors of this special series are welcome but unlike From what you can see in a top-of-the-range Peugeot 208, there is still hard plastic on the door panels to make the obsessed with foam surfaces scream. “At Opel for the same manufacturing cost, we preferred the option of a two-tone roof rather than the foamed door panels”, explain the brand’s communicators to the flash. Integrating Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard, the car suffers from an on-board computer with sometimes weak responsiveness but is still just as pleasant to drive in town. Opel claims as a reminder a slightly firmer damping compared to the 208, in addition to a direction with a more “sporty” feeling. Nothing that really harms the comfort of the car in German traffic jams, certainly. Particularly favorable to the use of an electric car (heavy traffic and very little motorway, just under 20 degrees in temperature), the conditions of our test allowed us to go down to 12.6 kWh/ 100 km without even activating Eco mode. Enough to approach 400 kilometers in theory in this “ideal” setting.
And when you activate the “Sport” mode of the powertrain, what does it give? Not much. Accelerations obviously become more frank since the power increases to 136 horsepower instead of 109 in Comfort mode and 82 in Eco, with a 0 to 100 km / h expedited in 8.7 seconds. but it in no way transfigures the behavior of this city car designed to offer sufficient performance in complete safety. The Brake mode setting still does not allow you to drive “with one pedal” and when you have fun pushing the car on a wet and slippery bend, the driving aids suppress all the available torque.
Available for a few days on Opel’s online configurator, the Corsa e 40th anniversary costs €35,100 (with a “discounted” price) and does not offer the slightest option due to its over-equipped staffing. At the same time, the basic Corsa e (also discounted) starts at €31,900 currently in its Edition finish (instead of €34,400). Compared to the more equipped GS Line and Elégance Business finishes but less than the 40th Anniversary, the additional cost of the latter is €2,100. Don’t forget the ecological bonus of €6,000 to be subtracted, placing the Corsa e 40th Anniversary at €29,100. It will only be sold in 120 copies in France, in addition to 120 copies of the 130 horsepower petrol version offered at €25,300 (with exactly the same exterior and interior finishes).