Hello, my name is Justin and I've all but settled on a Veloster Turbo as my next vehicle. I really wish that Hyundai hadn't started their media push when these cars were so far from showroom-ready. What seemed like a spring-release 2013 vehicle is now going to show up at the regular time for 2013 models (at best). I've been to several dealers and none will even let me put a deposit on one yet.
I have been an auto enthusiast for a while. I presently have a 2001 Miata with a JDM engine and trans (not much of an upgrade... just an economical replacement for the standard motor that spun a bearing) and a 2005 Scion xB (1st gen) that my wife drives. B'efore the Miata I owned a 1989 240sx that I swapped an SR20DET into. Before that, there was a string of Camaros, Firebirds and Nissan 200SXs (S12).
(Mine is the white Miata - taken while waiting for a parade lap at LimeRock) Car is equipped with Mazdaspeed exhaust, Ohlins coilovers, Racing Beat Sway Bars, Hard Dog roll bar.
240SX Engine Bay
SR20DET with FMIC, Circuit Sports exhaust, Greddy BOV, Autopower Roll Bar, Schroth harnesses, Whiteline sway bars, Whiteline Poly suspension bushings, KYB AGX adjustable dampers with Eibach springs, 4-piston 300ZX turbo front brakes and probably a lot of other stuff I don't remember.
I had my minds set on buying an FRS, but during the long development process we got a dog and could use an easily-accessible rear seat. Besides, having the Miata and an FRS wouldn't really leave us with a practical car. We'd have to borrow a larger car if we needed to move anything larger than a breadbox.
I test drove a regular Veloster with a 6 speed and I didn't like the feel of the car and transmission. It really lacked the 'direct' feeling I'm used to with a standard transmission car. I can see why they made it that way since 90% of drivers would consider that ride better. I am really hoping for a more direct feeling in the turbo. Suspension shortcomings are pretty easily overcome, but there's not much I can do aftermarket-wise to improve the feel of the engine and transmission.
In any case, I am looking to get my hands on one of these and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it delivers.