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In previous Mario Karts, I haven't had any trouble getting the turbo boost at the beginning of the race. But I can't seem to figure it out in Mario Kart 7 - how do I time the gas to get the starting boost?

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To initiate a turbo at the start of the race, hold down the acceleration button right when the number "2" appears, or just a little after it appears.

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For me, the trick was to hit the gas right as "2" was disappearing. – KatieK Apr 2 '12 at 22:10
Yeah it's about half way between the '2' and '1' beeps. – DisgruntledGoat Apr 9 '12 at 11:29

To get the turbo boost, start accelerating when the "2" starts to fade. When it says "GO!" you'll be dashing in no time!

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The way I do the boost, is when the 2 almost stops spinning, hold the A button. Then, when the 1 stops spinning, release and immediately repress the A button. This makes sure your kart doesn't overheat and explode. If you time it right, you will get the largest possible boost at the beginning of the race. I have perfected it over many years.

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