Article – The 40th Anniversary of the Opel Corsa E (2022): Does the Cult Sell?

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Opel Corsa Special Edition

136 hp, 260 Nm, from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.7 seconds.

351 km range WLTP

One-of-a-kind finish at €35,100 (discounted price)

Also available with a 130 hp petrol engine (25,300 EUR).

Is the fashion for ‘Youngtimers’ causing car manufacturers to appreciate their past? While Volkswagen had upholstered the seats of its Golf GTIs for a few years in a tartan-like fabric in reference to the 1974 model, the flashy brand also began recalling its city car history. Forty years after the launch of the first Corsa in 1982, Opel is already launching a very special limited series on the market to celebrate the legal age of this car, which has sold more than 14 million units and has since gone through five more model generations.

The unique “Record Red” color for the 40th Anniversary Opel Corsa is inspired by the color of the first Corsa from 1982.

The comparison with the Golf GTI also applies to the funny similarities in terms of presentation: Corsa celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Sport Corsa beautiful “Record Red” officially inspired by one of the colors of the first model, with a black roof, 17 inches in the same color and even the darkened Opel badge to the maximum on the grille . It’s all to believe in the presence of a true sports car, especially when you open the door and discover the seats covered in a checkerboard pattern. Note in passing that Opel Communications denies any inspiration from another famous German manufacturer, stating that the original Corsa also offered this type of upholstery in a colorful finish. The large numbered badge mounted on the right part of the dashboard, generally found on the rarest of Porsche or Ferrari models, will almost give the impression that you are in an exceptional car. Let’s not get carried away: Available with a choice of a 1.2-liter turbocharged 130-horsepower petrol with automatic gearbox or a 136-horsepower electric motor, this 40th Anniversary looks anything but sporty.

The Opel Corsa 40th Anniversary is only available in one color
The Opel Corsa 40th Anniversary is only available in one color
Could any similarities to the Golf GTI's seats be a coincidence?
Could any similarities to the Golf GTI’s seats be a coincidence?

It also opens the technical update already installed on the Peugeot e-208 which you will discover in a few days, with maximum autonomy in the electric version thanks to small adjustments to software and mechanics. While the French now claim a maximum autonomy of 362 km (WLTP) versus the previous 340 (notably by adjusting the engine reducer and retouching the heat pump), the Corsa e now officially appears at 359 km instead of the previous 337. With the 17-inch rims of the 40th Anniversary Edition, that maximum range drops to 351 km, which promises an interesting range, given that it remains compatible with fast charging at 100 kW (or 11 kW in AC).

17 inch wheels painted black
17 inch wheels painted black
The roof, grille and decals are also black in this special series
The roof, grille and decals are also black in this special series

The Corsa was installed aboard this 40th Anniversary Electric Edition under the gray of Rüsselsheim headquarters on an autumnal morning we found the familiar universe of the city car launched in 2019. Additional colors for this particular series are welcome but unlike from what you can see in a car Peugeot 208 top of the bunch, there’s still hard plastic on the door panels to make the foam rooftop geeks scream. “At the same manufacturing cost Opel, we preferred the two-tone roof option instead of the foam door panels”, Explain the means of communication for the flash brand. Integrating Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard, the car suffers from an onboard computer with sometimes poor responsiveness but is still fun to drive in the city. As a reminder, Opel claims that the damping is slightly stronger compared to the 208, as well as a trend with a more “sports” feel. Nothing really hurts a car’s comfort in German traffic jams, for sure. Particularly favorable for the use of an electric car (heavy traffic and very little highway, just under 20 degrees in temperature), the test conditions allowed us to drop to 12.6 kWh / 100 km without activating the eco mode. It is sufficient to approach 400 km in theory in this “ideal” mode.

On the steering wheel, it's sporty but the finish doesn't get ahead
On the steering wheel, it’s sporty but the finish doesn’t get ahead
There is actually a large numbered badge on the dashboard.  Such an exceptional special series!
There is actually a large numbered badge on the dashboard. Such an exceptional special series!

And when you activate the powertrain’s “Sport” mode, what does it give you? Not much. Acceleration is clearly made more frank as the power is increased to 136 hp instead of 109 in Comfort mode and 82 in Economy mode, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.7 seconds. But it does not in any way change the behavior of a city car designed to deliver adequate performance in complete safety. The brake mode setting still doesn’t allow you to drive “with one pedal” and when you enjoy pushing the car on a wet, slippery turn, the steering aids brake all the available torque.

On the road, there's nothing new to report compared to the regular Corsa
On the road, there’s nothing new to report compared to the regular Corsa
We noticed a consumption of 12.6 kWh / 100 km, but the road was very convenient to save energy
We noticed a consumption of 12.6 kWh / 100 km, but the road was very convenient to save energy

Available for a few days on the Opel online configuration tool, the 40th Anniversary Corsa e costs €35,100 (at a “reduced” price) and does not offer the slightest option due to its over-equipped crew. At the same time, the base price of the Corsa e (also reduced) starts at 31,900 euros currently at its end (instead of 34,400 euros). Compared to the more equipped but less well-equipped GS Line and Elégance Business of the 40th Anniversary, the additional cost of the latter is 2,100 euros. Do not forget the environmental bonus of 6000 euros to be offered, and the 40th anniversary status of the Corsa e at 29,100 euros. It will be sold in only 120 copies in France, as well as 120 copies of the 130-horsepower petrol version offered at a price of 25,300 euros (with exactly the same exterior and interior finishes).

Details that kill?  Opel offers these car seat matching socks!
Details that kill? Opel offers these car seat matching socks!

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