The GT's rowdy personality can be linked directly to its willing power source: A 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that kicks out a whopping 230 horsepower. The GT's brawny muscle shows up...
... early in the rpm band to rocket the car from zero to 60 miles per hour in a shade over seven seconds. There is no turbo lag here, and you can easily spin the front wheels on a hard standing start.
Once the tires find their grip, the PT Turbo is catapulted forward with such determination that you'll quickly find yourself running out of first gear. There is very little torque steer, a pleasant surprise for such a powerful front-wheel-drive car. There also seems to be a good deal of low-end torque, as we didn't feel the need to downshift when climbing steep grades or attempting leisurely passing maneuvers.