Now then guys and girls, giving some thought to an engine swap in the old 1.2. Now don’t get me wrong, while it’ll never set your pants on fire with it’s performance or economy it does what it says on the tin and with the minimal of fuss but like everything in life you get used to it and want more, so my question is this, do I do the vxr engine swap and get a reliable 180 ish from a stock engine (well maybe a filter swap, exhaust and mapping session) or do I look at something like the meriva/astra j /insignia 1.4 engine and have a bit of fun with that and take it well north of 200? I’ve even thought about the corsa e 115 bhp 3 pot as I’ve seen a tuning chip for 150 bhp with that engine, which to be fair, was a similar figure to what a 2.0 red top was pushing out back in the day and sat in many a corsa c front end! I’m wanting to keep it sleeper so want it looking stock on the outside, coilovers to firm the ride up a bit maybe but keep it looking stock sxi 5 door from the outside. I did think diesel power but again I can go and buy a 1.7 cdti and chip it to 160 ish, but there’s no fun in that, just the idea of a little 1.2 squatting down on its arse then belting off to the horizon sounds really rather naughty!!