Westfield 1600 Sport Turbo review

195bhp Vauxhall VXR engine makes Westy a euro-friendly hit

Evo rating
Price
from £27,499
  • Very quick and composed
  • Expensive, and a little on the heavy side

If you think £27,499 sounds like a lot of money for a Westfield that’s designed for the road rather than the race track, you’ll probably be surprised to hear that the company has already received orders for 50 of them. And if you think the basic price is a bit steep, consider that the car you see here has a number of extras that add another £1890 to the price, taking the total close to £30K and within financial touching distance of a supercharged Elise.

The questions of ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ are answered by the magic phrase ‘European Small Series Type Approval’, which at a stroke has opened a large new market with an export-friendly exchange rate. The key to gaining the legislative green light is a new engine – the turbo 1.6 from the Corsa VXR, here tuned to produce 195bhp. There are further items that will be familiar to Vauxhall drivers in the dash, and in what must be a first for a car of this type, the steering column is adjustable for reach and rake, ensuring you can get the driving position just about perfect.

It needs to be, because the Sport Turbo is properly rapid, especially on overboost, which allows torque to increase from 170 to 190lb ft for five seconds. There’s plenty of low-down torque, and throttle response is good across the range, but you lose the toe-to-the-tub aural assault delivered by the Duratec cars, and it’s a heavier engine. The Sport Turbo weighs in at 650kg, which is a tad portly for a Seven-esque machine. Just don’t tell the Europeans…

Specifications

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1598cc, turbo
Max power195bhp @ 5850rpm
Max torque170lb ft @ 2000rpm
0-604.7sec (claimed)
Top speed142mph (claimed)
On saleNow

Most Popular

Renault 5 set to relaunch as an EV – Alpine eyeing hot hatch variant
Electric Renault 5 concept
Renault 5

Renault 5 set to relaunch as an EV – Alpine eyeing hot hatch variant

A new Renault 5 has been confirmed as part of the company’s future strategy presented by CEO Luca de Meo, with an Alpine hot hatch variant also on its…
14 Jan 2021
Ford Puma ST 2021 review – an icon rebooted
Ford Puma ST 2021 review – front tracking
Ford Puma

Ford Puma ST 2021 review – an icon rebooted

A slightly more grown up and practical take on the excellent Fiesta ST that we can’t help but wish was less crossover and more coupe
14 Jan 2021
New Alpine A110 goes electric
Alpine ranges
Alpine A110

New Alpine A110 goes electric

French sports car to be replaced by battery electric sports car co-developed by Lotus.  
14 Jan 2021