The Veloster Turbo 'Does Indeed Get Some Much Needed Extra Power'

When the Hyundai Veloster debuted in 2011, it set the world on fire with its funky styling and gadget-laden interior. Its performance, however... how do I put this... didn't. Can the addition of a turbo give the Veloster some velocity?

The answer, according to this recent MotorWeek test, is a solid "kind of!" With a beefed-up turbo motor now good for 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, the Veloster Turbo now hits zero to 60 mph in a sprightly 7.8 seconds - a whole second faster than the regular Veloster!

So says Mr. John Davis, who sounds like he has a bit of a summer cold here. Or maybe he's just bored of the Veloster Turbo. I can't blame him. I've driven this car, and it's alright, but it can't hold a candle to the Mini Cooper or Fiat 500 Abarth. And the similarly priced Ford Fiesta ST will take it to that ghetto university, if you know what I mean.

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But hey! It sure is neat-looking. That counts for something.

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Gideon12345
Gideon12345

0-60 in 7.8 competes with the NA cars in the same segment. Lame ...

My 94 and 95 Volvo 850 Turbo wagons got there in less than 6.4 stock. That was nearly two decades ago. That's with leather interior, cd changer, and a whole lot of luxury for its time with hardly more power. You can't tell me that your brand new 2,800 lb hatch can't do better.

Heck, the Mini Cooper E (electric) got to 60 in 8.2 ...