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
Vauxhall has thrown the full hot-hatch catalogue at the 'Ring Corsa: new Bilstein dampers, progressive rate springs, lightweight brakes and a remapped ECU. Most significantly - and unusually for a modern hot hatch - it has, wedged between its front wheels, a proper mechanical, limited-slip differential. Above all else, it's the diff that turns this Corsa into a mountain-devouring monster. Throw it into a slippery hairpin, and, even when you've reached the point of furious tyre wail, the Corsa continues to turn in tenaciously, nose clinging to the inside of the bend by a freakish magnetic force.