Opel Corsa ecoFLEX, 25-year Diesel developments in focus

Opel Corsa 2011 FaceliftThis year introduced the Opel Corsa (D) ecoFLEX the first tax-free in the Corsa range. So far, nothing special, does that every small manufacturer with a diesel model in the range today. However, the Corsa was almost 25 years ago a diesel on board, and that fact is quite unique. It also gives us the opportunity to have a similar draw to see. How much has really been achieved in 25 years? The answer will surprise you.

The first Corsa (A) was the 1 5D. diesel, launched in 1987 with a 50 horsepower atmospheric Isuzu block under the hood. The turbo-diesel followed one year later, and since we have ecoflex also supercharged the 1.5 TD as a basis for comparison.

Opel Corsa 2011 FaceliftThe TD went up to 67 horsepower (@ 4600 rpm) and 132 Nm (@ 2600 rpm) from its nail-income block. In order to achieve combustion was a significant compression ratio required: no less than 22:1. I weighed 850 kg and the Corsa was the 0-100 sprint in 13 seconds. If you had free rein could get a maximum speed of 166 km / h was achieved and the average consumption of 5.3 liters per 100 km.

Then we go 23 years forward in time, and we arrive at the ecoFLEX: 95 hp @ 4000 rpm, 190 Nm @ 1750 rpm Compression ratio: 16,8:1, 0-100: 12.3 seconds, maximum speed 177 km / h, weight: 1,100 kg. Average consumption: 3.5 l/100 km.

At first glance, the differences are not that big, but we are considering the following: first, this engine is purely designed to run as efficiently as possible, so in terms of performance pretty pinched. Moreover, the Corsa in 4 generations of almost 30% heavier and 10% bigger. Despite this increase in volume is the smallest model in the Opel lineup became 50% more efficient.Opel Corsa 2011 Facelift

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