2008 Vauxhall Corsa VXR Arctic Edition

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Arctic Edition: speeding like a glacier
Vauxhall Corsa VXR Arctic Edition

Vauxhall starts selling its 2008 Corsa VXR Arctic Edition mini hatch. Although mechanically the new version of the car doesn’t differ much from a normal Corsa, there is a number of visual improvements, as well as a set of nice gadgets that make the Arctic Edition look a trifle more impressive than the base version.

Set to be presented to general public next week at the British Motor Show in London, the special edition vehicle will feature a Glacier White body paint that covers almost all body parts but the rear diffuser and side mirrors and is nicely accented by a set of black 18-inch V-spoke alloy wheels with low profile 225/35 tires.

2008 Vauxhall Corsa VXR Arctic Edition

There is also a sportier Remus Sports exhaust system with a very unusual, triangular-shaped tip that gives the car a slightly more exotic appearance.

Besides the 1.6-liter, 207PS (204hp) turbocharged engine that will possibly be more than adequate for such a small vehicle, the 2008 Vauxhall Corsa VXR Arctic Edition also features an electrically operated sliding glass sunroof with interior blind (a feature that you won’t often see on relatively inexpensive compact cars), dark tinted rear windows and a black-painted roof and door mirrors.

With all these enhancements, the car costs £16,995, which is only £995 more than the standard Corsa VXR, so it looks like the special edition version actually gives you more bang for the, um, quid than the version in a standard trim. So far, its only problem is that total production of the car will be limited to only 500 units.

Photos: GM/Vauxhall

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