Minor styling changes distinguish the Turbo from its 145bhp normally-aspirated sibling, but the 2.0 turbocharged engine produces a hefty 185lb-ft of torque between 1,950 and 5,300rpm. This means turbo lag is non-existent, and the car will spring to 60mph in seven seconds, on to a theoretical maximum of 152mph. It also returns 31.7mpg on the combined cycle.
The stiff chassis provides sharp handling, and the car will surge forward in virtually any gear when you floor the throttle. It's equipped with traction control, ABS with electronic brake force distribution and large disc brakes providing reassuring stopping power. The Coupe Turbo feels more mature than the now defunct attention grabbing Fiat Coupe Turbo, and provides a less frantic alternative to high-revving Japanese rivals like the Toyota Celica 190.