"Now Vauxhall hopes to swing the balance by launching the VX220 Turbo. By adapting the two-litre 16v dohc turbo engine from the Astra GSi, some impressive figures have been achieved: 930kg kerb weight (less than seven per cent up), 200bhp at 5,500rpm (35 per cent up) and 184lb ft from 1,950 to 5,500rpm. This translates into 0-60mph in 4.7secs, 0-100mph in 12.6, a standing quarter mile time of 13.5secs and a top speed of 151mph. The low weight and a flat torque curve do much for the new VX's in-gear times too: 4.0secs from 30-50mph in fourth gear, 5.3secs from 50-70mph in fifth. In terms of power and straight-line speed, no standard Elise can hold a candle to the VX Turbo. "