2011 Westfield Sport Turbo

For all the qualities that make the Westfield Sport Turbo a worthy rival to the Ariel Atom, there are an equal number of head-scratching details about the car that would make you want to stay away from it with a ten-foot pole.

Fifth Gear’s Jason Plato found this out first hand when he was handed the little sports car for a test drive around a racetrack. A touch between classic looks and modern technology, the Westfield Sports Turbo is a perfect example of a vehicle that’s more appealing from a distance than it is up close, sort of like a hot girl you see from the coffee shop across the street, but as you get closer and closer, the hotness fades into relative mediocrity. That’s what the Westfield Sport Turbo is in a nutshell.

Care to learn more about it? Head over after the jump for more details as well as Jason Plato’s review of the Westfield Sport Turbo.

Source: Westfield

Exterior and Interior

Westfield Sport Turbo

Probably the best thing about the Westfield Super Turbo is its aesthetic look. Taking its cue from past Westfield Westfield models, the Super Turbo retains most of its predecessor’s old-school mug and combines it with some optional exterior features, including chrome or carbon effect headlamps, polished windscreen & wipers, a chrome roll over bar, a choice of either black or silver 15" Team Dynamic Pro Race 1.2 lightweight wheels, and 10 different body colors.

Despite its simple yet classy look, the quality seems to be, for lack of a better term, sub-par with what we were expecting. For one, in the name of making the car as light as it can possibly be, thereby making it insanely fast as well, the folks at Westfield decided to bare down on the high-quality materials used on the car compromising its design philosophy with questionable build quality. The added optional features consisting of a carbon effect or polished aluminum dash center, leather seats, a map pocket, and a choice of five trim colors only hides the fact that upon closer inspection, the materials used are ones that you wouldn’t describe as high-grade. Sure, the car’s interior is dressed in leather, but it doesn’t look like it’s got class written on it. Likewise, the steering wheel, center console, and even the hand brake look a little too flimsy to the point that you kind of worry that you’ll break it when you use it too hard.

Westfield Sport Turbo

Performance

The car is powered by a 1.6-liter Ecoboost turbocharged engine that produces 225 horsepower, so it certainly doesn’t lack power. Even better is the pretty efficient 30mpg fuel consumption number it generates. At first glance, it’s a pretty nice ride, isn’t it? Yeah, if only they took the time to use better materials on it.

Pricing

The Westfield Sport Turbo costs 25,000 pounds – or a little under $40,000 based on current exchange rates. With what we saw from Plato’s review, we don’t think the car justifies that kind of price tag, which, if you think about it, is the same price as a mid-level four-dour sedan. As far as we’re concerned, we’re going to pass on the Westfield.

Westfield Sport Turbo

COMPETITION

As we’ve mentioned, the car that really poses as the most direct competitor to the Westfield Sport Turbo is the Ariel Atom. No, not the V8 500 variant of the Atom, but the entry level variant that has a a Honda K series four-cylinder engine that produces 245 HP.


21 comments:

Yes, it is designed like a sports car. However, the thing is, with that speed how can it be even compared with its competitors?

I wonder why they filed it under sports car since the power it delivers is 245 HP only. It is a 2011 version, why in this world, they will create this stuff? This is a total shame for UK!

Well, I don’t think that it has an awesome speed performance. And it seems that the styling of the car is not that impressive.

The styling of the car is kind of impressive. The speed performance of the car is kind of awesome. However, I don’t think that it has a great styling.

Aesthetically, this car looks much better than Atom! And those wheel its so cool but I’m afraid that this is the reason why speed is not that good.

I mean by practicality, there’s no need for it to reach such high speeds unless your taking it to the track..and lets face it, we’d all find cheaper alternatives that would be more fun ... SUV’s should be capable for offroading. If this thing could climb a mountain at 172 mph..haha then maybe..

I don’t understand how if it is a lot MORE Porsche, why don’t customers just buy a real one like a 911 or cayman, etc. it doesn’t matter for performance figures, SUV’s are not meant to hit 172 mph.

I’d add that kit cars are best built by their owners...not kit manufacturers. Tip for Westfield: Leave Sevens to Caterham, MK, Mac 1, Stuart Taylor etc if you can’t do better than this...

Westfield seem to have forgotten what makes the Seven a great car. Power delivery is everything and they need to understand that more power isn’t necessarily what people want.

Despite its elementary nonetheless grand look, the high quality seems to be, for insufficient of a improved term, sub-par with what you were expecting. For one, in the name of creation the automobile as light as it can possibly be, thereby creation it insanely swift as well, the folks at Westfield motionless to unclothed down on the high-quality materials used on the automobile compromising its pattern truth with controversial erect quality.

cute looking car, but the ktm looks faster ang better. specially then engine has only 1.6CC.

In Blighty, if you’re in the market for a £25k track tool, or even a fun weekend sports car, you shouldn’t buy without trying this option.

A touch between classic looks and modern technology, the Westfield Sports Turbo is a perfect example of a vehicle that’s more appealing from a distance than it is up close, sort of like a hot girl you see from the coffee shop across the street, but as you get closer and closer, the hotness fades into relative mediocrity.

Care to learn more about it? Head over after the jump for more details as well as Jason Plato’s review of the Westfield Sport Turbo.

this is more fun to drive in sand or should i say beach, definitely more faster than the ATB.

the great combination of idea, an old school design with a touch of modern technology, I hope those sway bars and stabilizer can deal with those 255 ponies.

i don’t like this car

Very nice car, but I prefer the Ariel Atom although probably you can drive the Westfield Sport turbo in the street getting a bit less attention than on the Atom, however i’m sure the attention on the street is the last point on the buyers list of this car. What I love about these cars is the insane acceleration.

The car looks somehow more substantial than a Caterham, which would make it more attractive to me.

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