The Velocity packs plenty of bite with its bark. Cosworth adds a new turbocharger, performance pistons, rods, intercooler and intake manifold. The Velocity also gets a custom exhaust system. The Veloster's 40-mpg (5.8 L/100 km) claim is certainly out the window on the Velocity, but the upgraded 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder's output is upped to over 400 hp.
A front wheel drive car with a 1.6L engine tuned near the ragged edge of breaking, likely with a healthy dose of turbo lag. Sounds like fun! NOT!
At least Toyota is moving away from front engine front drive "sporty" cars with the GT86/BRZ...