Nigh on £30,000 for a kit car of this Westfield’s dubious aesthetics and flawed drivability may cause some to baulk.

Certainly, a laser-focused hot hatch such as the Honda Civic Type R has a broader range of talents, and a used Caterham Seven offers greater precision, lower depreciation and that all-important brand kudos.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
It offers speed, undeniable charm and kit-car adjustability

The Sport 250 hits back with a humdinger of an engine, delivering performance that is the preserve of supercars – or, to bring Caterham back into the equation, the Seven 620, for which you’ll need to stump up at least £45,000. Indeed, as an enjoyable way to go very, very fast, the next level on from this is decidedly less practical. 

It is not, alas, a machine of notable finesse, although its dynamics are markedly better than those of the car we road tested in 2012.

We also suspect the familiarity of ownership might cultivate sufficient confidence in the car’s controls to exploit the performance to its fullest.

Buyers would also be encouraged to adapt the set-up of the 250 Sport to their exact liking, enthusiastically backed by a factory with few equals for customer support.

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