HSV have already confirmed that they wonâ€™t be using any of Holdenâ€™s Korean sourced cars for the basis of their vehicles a stance which is frankly not surprising.
What we wouldnâ€™t mind speculating is that HSV will been having a long hard look at the Vauxhall Corsa SRi, little brother to their current VXR hot-hatch. Vauxhall/Opel whipped the covers off their new pint-sized Corsa SRi at the recent Barcelona Motor Show and as you can see from the picture it appears to share a lot of VXR DNA. Itâ€™s fair to say that its got â€˜the lookâ€™.
The new SRi model is available in a three and five-door format and uses a 110Kw 1.6-litre â€˜low poweredâ€™ turbo engine which is enough to see the SRi scamper from 0-100km/h in around 7.6 seconds and top 200 km/h.
In Europe the Corsa SRi is also available as a â€˜performance dieselâ€™ which means you get a 92kw 1.7 CDTi turbo-diesel that averages 3.99 L/100km (enough to make a Prius owner choke) and still manages to get you from 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds! As usual donâ€™t expect to see this option make it to Australia anytime soon.
The Vauxhall Corsa SRi is being pitched at the younger driver, interested in a performance car but not wanting to spend the cash required to buy and run a VXR. In order to appeal to the cash sensitive VXR wannabes the SRi shares a number of styling cues including a similar body kit, 17-inch alloys, tailgate spoiler and chrome exhaust extension. The interior is a combination of boy-racer-esque red and chrome with sports seats, a leather sports steering wheel and alloy pedals along with somewhat suspect sounding red seatbeltsâ€¦
The steering has been retuned to be more responsive and the suspension has been lowered by 18mm at the front and 15mm at the rear to improve the SRiâ€™s stance and aid handling.
Given fuel prices and the fact that HSV already sell the VXR the Corsa SRi seems like a logical move to us and one that may encourage more females to buy into what is traditionally a male dominated brand. That would open up a whole new market to HSV. Donâ€™t be surprisedâ€¦