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Base Turbo, or style/tech NA?

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Ok, so, here's the thing. I LOVE the turbo. I had a 95 eclipse GST with a 16b turbo back in the day. Traded it in for an 06 Scion tC (which I still have), and I've missed the feel of a turbo since day 1. However, I've also come to love having a sunroof in the car, and having in-dash navigation would free up my phone when I drive (google navigation). The NA Veloster isn't as bad as I thought it would be as far as power goes, but it's not as good as I'd hoped for. Specifically, I feel a major lag when I shift at high RPMs in 1-3rd gear. That sucks. Do not like.

That being said, it's only 22 less HP than my scion has, so it's not a total dog. Here's my question....are there basic mods that I can do from the start (cold air, etc) that will help it not choke so much in 1-3rd, and give me enough of a small performance boost to not notice the loss in HP from my current car? It would be a little bit less than getting the base turbo, which isn't too bad of a price.

Or, should I just say "screw it" and get the turbo and enjoy the body kit, heated leather seats, and headlights? Would that overcome the lack of sunroof, in-dash nav, and backup camera?
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OUCH..."The NA Veloster is highly underpowered, and as you said, even a base VT is not much more than an NA V with Style/Tech. Sure you don't get a sunroof, but hell who wants one on a Veloster anyway? It's bound to explode and send shards of glass into your face." WOW, first the NA V is NOT highly underpowered. It has the same or better performance than any equivalent compact. NO, it's not FAST, but it's certainly quick enough to have fun. I had an NA V and after 3,000 miles performance was GREAT. The "exploding sunroof" problem was identified, fixed in production late 2012 and all affected cars have been recalled. I traded my NA V for a Turbo because I wanted a really fun car before I retire -and it is! My favorite feature is the backup camera!
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