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
Sestriere. In winter, the resort is packed with skiists and glühwein enthusiasts, but, right now, on a warm, late-autumn afternoon, its twisty Alpine roads are as quiet as a Michelle McManus stadium gig.
The 'Ring Corsa is very much more entertaining than a Michelle McManus stadium gig. On Sestriere's high pass, it proves even more sensational than when we drove it in the UK last month. When Vauxhall announced it had treated its little hot hatch to a minor power hike - up from 189bhp to 202bhp - a few Nürburgring decals and a £23,000 price tag, TopGear must admit its collective eyebrow was raised some way above its collective hairline. But this is no money-spinning special edition. This is one of the best little performance cars we've driven in years.