I don’t know what Hyundai are doing with the Veloster Turbo release, and I’m not sure that they know either. It’s been a few weeks now since the VT started showing up and there is a helpful guy on a forum who is posting the US shipping database every couple of days, and here is an example.
If you look real closely, you’ll see there aren’t very many in CA yet, and if you ask local dealers they will tell you they have no idea when or if they are getting anything. And what there is, is very automatic tranny-centric. I think of the almost 300 on that list there are perhaps 2 or 3 that match what I want, and none of them within 1500 miles of me. An Oxnard dealer says there are another 200 waiting at the port and he expects a couple, but has a waiting list of 35. All this suggests I am in for a very long wait on the Veloster Turbo.
|2012 MINI Cooper S||2013 Veloster Turbo|
|MSRP||$27,350 (likely negotiable)||$25,475 (min price)|
|Options||Premium Pkg, Sport Package, Garage Door Opener||Ultimate Package, Garage Door Opener|
|Extras||Climate control, auto headlights, rain sensor, DSC||7″ touch screen, deluxe stereo system|
|Performance||27 / 35/ 30 MPG, 0-60 6.2s, 141 mph||26 / 38/ 30 MPG, 0-60 6.8s, 121mph|
So a similarly equipped MINI is about $2k more expensive MSRP but I figure you can probable get under that these days. The biggest difference is that the MINI doesn’t have the technical package of the Veloster but in its favour is that I expect it will be of much better build quality, and of course much better handling. The other difference is that I can probably have the MINI I want in a few weeks rather than the (possibly) months for the VT.