145 PS Lada Vesta Sport Debuts As Russia’s Budget Sports Sedan

The 4×4 Vision SUV concept may be the main attraction at Lada’s Moscow Auto Show stand, but the Russian automaker also used the venue to debut the flagship of the Vesta family.

It’s called the Vesta Sport and it’s a more dynamic version of Lada’s compact sedan. Inspired by the namesake concept unveiled at the 2016 Moscow Auto Show, the production car is said to benefit from Lada’s motorsport experience in the WTCC, bringing (some of) it to the street.

The Vesta Sport looks like a normal Vesta that has received some aesthetic upgrades, including a sportier front bumper integrating a spoiler that increases downforce on the front axle, wider front wheel arches and sharper door sills, as well as a more aggressive rear bumper incorporating chrome double exhaust tips, a diffuser-like element, and trim-vent side panels. To reduce lift on the rear axle, a trunk lid spoiler is also installed.

Other exterior upgrades include boomerang-shaped matte chrome inserts under the headlights, red inserts in the bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels shod with low-profile tires, gloss black mirror caps, and red “Sport” badges on the grille and boot lid.

Nothing is said about the interior, but the photos reveal goodies such as the sports seats wrapped in materials that look like artificial leather and Alcantara, multifunction sports steering wheel with red stitching and 12 o’clock mark, aluminum pedals, and carbon fiber-like trim on the dash and door panels.

Thankfully, the Vesta Sport isn’t all show and no go. Under the hood, there’s a souped-up version of the regular Vesta’s 1.8-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 145 PS (143 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 182 Nm (134 lb-ft) of torque at 3,600 rpm.

Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the four-pot enables the Vesta Sport to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 9.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 193 km/h (120 mph). Topping it all off is a 16-mm (0.6-in) lowered suspension for improved cornering abilities. Still, at 162 mm (6.4 in), the ground clearance remains high enough (albeit not quite as high as the Vesta Cross‘) to allow the Vesta Sport to tackle road surfaces that are not as smooth as those featured in these press photos.

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  • biturboism

    0-100 in 9.6s and a 5 speed – that’s just depressing…

    • Christian

      Google Russia and what is the first word that comes to your mind?

      depressing….

      • sidewaysspin

        Humm, collusion…

      • Zaichusha

        Have you ever been to Russia? Or, just BBC World News is your source of news?

    • Daily Driver

      Depressing? New Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoosst 140 KM and 0-100 km/h w 9,5 s (9,0 is only in spec). This is depressing

      • biturboism

        Sure, but this is the *sport* trim, and it’s barely faster than the Fiesta 1.0…

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Jesus, I might be going crazy but this looks decent. Knowing the prices of other Lada vehicles, this will be dirt cheap as well.

    • Bae Young

      Are u sure? It’s basically a Ford Focus, I can’t even think of anything else..

  • Andrew Ngo

    Ford Focus with Mitsubishi front design.

  • Jim Ragland

    It’s not main stream, but I would drive it and sport da hell out of the ride stripe in the grille and rear valance.

  • Bo Hanan

    “I know, I know- but for Lada it’s pretty good.”

  • Six_Tymes

    Surprisingly good

  • CADOX

    Not bad for what it is. Who knew you could, if you wanted to, one day get a 145HP mass produced Lada ? I’am not a fan of those “brackets” carved into the side of the car that are rapidly becoming a Lada trademark: while they bring some originality to the overall design I think they’re quite a lot to take in.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Nyet.

  • Mike Cooper-Hollis

    100 units at £26,000 each?! There is absolutely zero chance of selling these in the UK at that price. Zero. NADA. Absolutely not.

  • Zaichusha

    Just search for videos from Moscow. SPB, Kazan, Samara and many other cities that are growing and developing.

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