Corsa VXR Nürburgring vs Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari
On a rooftop test track high above Turin, a pair of rare hot hatches prepare for a mission to grab your hard-earned...
Posted: 22 May 2012
So whether the 695 is worthy of its exorbitant price tag or not may be a moot point. If the idea of spending almost 40 grand on a designer-handbag Fiat 500 doesn't make you feel queasy, you'll undoubtedly love it. If it does, may we humbly direct you towards the stunning Nürburgring Corsa, a car that justifies not only its ambitious Nürburgring reference but also its not-insignificant cost. If the phrases ‘Vauxhall Corsa' and ‘23 grand' didn't sit so awkwardly together, we'd go as far as to describe the 'Ring Edition as a steal.
In truth, these two hot hatches aren't even competitors: no potential 695 buyer would ever consider a Corsa ‘Ring, nor vice versa. But though they stretch the genre in very different directions, they both do what any truly great hot hatch should: inject a double-shot of fun into any journey, from a mountain blast to a rush-hour commute to a factory-roof top crawl. Cheap? No. Cheerful? Definitely.