It was more than a decade ago when the cult off 4wd rally refugee was undoubtedly among the biggest and hottest trends that ever hit the market of British cars in many years. The only trouble was that it was solely limited to only two cars, the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Subaru Impreza. However, in spite of the fame that they enjoyed for several years, these models were pretty much like beautiful fireworks that exploded very briefly across the automotive landscape only to flicker out as soon as people’s tastes changed and recession hit the market.
Yet, just like everything else in this world, Subaru managed to bounce back although this time around, their comeback wasn’t with an Impreza, at least not by name. What they have this time around is called the Subaru WRX STi. Its name is pretty much the only thing that changed since everything else is correct and present, from the six-speed manual, to the 2.5-liter turbocharged boxed for, unholy grip levels, 4wd and the massive rear wing. The relative bargain list price also made a very substantial return.
The Driving Experience
One thing that is probably the most surprising here is that Subaru is obviously doing its operations within the confines of their own isolation tank, appearing not to take heed to what the majority of the automotive industry is up to these days. WRX STi is almost the same to what you’ve seen earlier and no additional power can be expected.
If there is a marked improvement, it would be none other than the stiffness of the body and chassis. As results, it reacts instantly to whatever you ask this car to do, except of course to accelerate as there is still far more turbo lag here compared to VW Golf R and BMW M135i. It also feels more alert once you change direction and it is less nose-heavy and provides better balanced. However, Subaru has not made any allowances for soft-buttocked sensibilities. The ride is a bit hard and some say that they can’t think of some saloons that are rowdier and more tiring to drive. There’s also a car that provides several compromises.
What about Its Interior?
Subaru WRX STi’s cabin is probably the worst offender. People are actually got used to the chic cabins even in some budget-friendly city cars. Unlike others, the black and grey plastic effort of Subaru WRX STi is cheap. The driver’s seat is well-designed, offering you the comfort that you need when driving, yet it is not sized in the back compared to VW Golf.
How Much Would It Cost to Own One?
It isn’t expensive like other cars. But, you have to watch out for the taxes though. Some people said that Subaru is struggling uphill maybe because of they can’t still reach what car owners want or need for a vehicle. However, all in all, Subaru WRX STi is still a must have.
Subaru WRX Sti 2.5-liter turbo specs
Max power - 305 HP @ 6000 RPM
Max torque - 290 lb-ft or 393 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Top speed - 160 mph or 258 km/h
Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h ) - 5.1 s