It needs something that better communicates just how uncompromising it’ll make their new hot hatchback. ‘Track Day Pack’ would be entirely appropriate – as would a strongly worded warning for anyone who expects to do the vast majority of their driving on the road.
With the Performance Pack, the Corsa VXR is easily the most hardcore car of its type since the last Mini GP. It’s a compelling circuit machine, capable of humbling plenty of more powerful front-drivers on high days at Brands Hatch – and it’s very likeable in that mode.
But it’s also sufficiently coarse and hard-riding on the road that it would most likely test your commitment and enthusiasm for its highly strung temperament over every rough bit of asphalt and raised bit of ironwork.
Needless to say, the car’s ride is firm. It’s easily excited into some high-frequency pitching and vertical pogoing on its springs but also quite unyielding in its damping.