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Top 10 High Horsepower Coupes and Compact Cars

#10 2016 Hyundai Veloster

201 hp

The standard features of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo include 1.6L I-4 201hp engine intercooled turbo, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

There’s something especially glamorous about a small car with the power to back up the attitude. Though compact cars and coupes are popular for their size and style, auto manufacturers also know that horsepower numbers are a significant statistic in this competitive segment. Even though a beautiful, well designed car will catch the eye of a potential buyer, a faster competing model might ultimately win the deal. That’s why these top 10 high horsepower compact cars are good options for a new high end compact car… especially for buyers with a particularly competitive nature. High horsepower small cars have a special way of nurturing and soothing a feisty personality.

As mentioned above, though, when shopping for high horsepower coupes, going fast isn’t the only objective. The numbers are important because, after all, the car isn’t moving while it’s on the dealer lot, it’s just sitting there. It’s difficult to think about how the numbers on the window sticker might translate into an enjoyable driving experience. That’s why high performance compact cars have to attract the attention of a potential buyer before making it to an actual test drive. Though some buyers are loyal to particular manufacturers and models (and that’s fine), plenty of shoppers can be swayed. So a hot model with a lot of features has a good chance at standing out amongst all the other high performance small cars in contention for that particular buyer’s attention. This list ranks the top 10 high horsepower compact cars based on performance specs, just because it’s fun and interesting to see how the top of the line high performance coupes actually stack up against each other. If you’re in the enviable position of actually shopping for one, you’d be missing out on a lot of potential if you made your purchase based on numbers alone.