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Subaru Impreza WRX STi

jhpmichealjhpmicheal Posts: 14
edited March 19 in Subaru
i really don't want to talk about sti and evos all day, is there any other cars that can beat those twinturbocharged little sedans with less $? what about Mini cooper S john cooper works? but hate the styling though...


  • i want to see the general aspect of the popularity of certain model of a performance cars. i am thinking of lancer evolution. much more popular than sti, b/c of the aftermarket products and lot cheaper than sti too. But really doesn't evolution looks kinda baby car? i dunno...maybe its just me.
  • Funny, I love the styling of the mini! Unfortunately, it's an impractical 2 door 2 wheel drive vehicle with questionable reliability. I understand that they do really well in pylon racing. That's it, not in the same league as the STi and EVO. I guess the Mustang, RX8 and Z could be considered in the same price range. There's something to be said about the rally inspired cars. As performance cars the street versions of rally cars seem to have more in common with real people, on real roads, in real weather, with real utility. As for me, I'm not willing to give up all wheel drive!
  • in the Evo and STi, all that's left is the rest. You can't talk top shelf without talking Evo and STi. My .02, YMMV.
  • mjc440mjc440 Posts: 76
    I think the STi's & Evo's 0-60 specs are in the high 4's. That's extremely fast for a $30k car. I don't think a Mini Cooper will come close to this. The only car in the $30K range that may give give it a run is the S2000 (although I think the Evo and STi will still prevail)
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    "i really don't want to talk about sti and evos all day, is there any other cars that can beat those twinturbocharged little sedans with less $?"

    A used Camaro or Mustang with mods. You could easily build a Fox body Mustang to run with or beat an Evo or STI for a lot less than $30K and that includes handling too. You never said anything about used cars....
  • mjc440mjc440 Posts: 76
    I don't think it's fair to include modified cars. I could modify a Plymouth Valiant for under $30k to make it faster than a STi / Evo.

    I think JHP implied "new" cars.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    there really aren't any new cars that meet or beat the EVO or STI in bang for the buck, so I figured I'd throw in a couple used late models to make things more interesting.

    Really, the only car that comes close to the EVO or STI is the Neon SRT. Yeah, it's FWD, but realize that the only way you're getting sub 5 second 0-60 times in the EVO or STI is by severly abusing the clutch and driveline. AWD cars are really hard on clutches when you're trying to launch them.

    Yeah, you could make a Valiant as fast or faster as an EVO, but I don't know about handling. The Camaro and Mustang may not be based on new chassis' but they're newer than the Valiant. What does the Valiant have, leaf springs? Stripper fox body Mustang coupes weigh less than 3000 lbs and can be made to kick butt on the track or the strip. If we're talking bang for the buck, it's hard to beat a fox body Mustang.
  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    The GTO will be close for about $32K. 0-60 at 5.3 secs, and 0.88 gs on the skid pad. Both #s can be improved by upgrading the wheels (per C&D review).

    The Mustang SVT at $34K is faster than the Evo or STi at 0-60 and 1/4 mile, and you do not have to do a major clutch drop to get this.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Look at the STi's own cousin, the Forester XT.

    Before you say I'm crazy, keep in mind it has the same block, same forged pistons, it's just slightly de-tuned. Stated output it just 210hp but dyno runs have put actual power at about 250hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Cobb and Vishnu dyno runs both confirm this.

    You can get one for $23k, so with $7 grand in mods you think you could make it handle? Heck yeah...

    It already does 0-60 in 5.3 seconds, so it can accelerate with the big boys. 0-30 is quicker than a Ferrari Enzo, probably due to grip at launch. 0-50 is quicker than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo (V8 turbo!).

  • Hot Rod magazine did a really good comparison of the STi vs Cobra last month. Bottom line they said in typical race the STi would beat the Cobra - no kidding.

    The GTO is more of a match for the Forester XT not the STi.
  • for an Evo or STi unless you are willing to drop multiples of the price. At less than $35k out the door they have no competition that can do all things as well as they do. You might surpass them in any given area depending on what vehicle is chosen but for the overall package they are it.
  • the_manthe_man Posts: 15
    Buy a Caterham Super Seven SV. It cost less than the STI at 30,000 dollars fully built. It has the same acceleration times and out handales most exotic cars. It delivers a driving experience like no other.

    You can also get a used Corvette Z06, early 90's Viper or Audi S4 for about 30k.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The 2.7T S4 will not outperform the STi, though the new V8 model might.

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    From the MotorTrend website - tml

    S4 0-60 - 5 secs.
    Skid pad - 0.9 gs
    1/4 mile - 13.44 @ 105.06
    Braking, 60-0 mph, ft - 117

    Both Evo and STi meets or exceeds these numbers for significantly less.

    These numbers are generous compared with the numbers Car and Driver was able to get.
  • the_manthe_man Posts: 15
    Maybe an S4 can't outrun the sti, but what about that caterham? It's preformance is much better than the STI or the EVO. Heck, you could even buy a used one for around 15k.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I wonder if I could even fit in one.

    Then again the EVO's seats are too narrow for me.

  • the_manthe_man Posts: 15
    The SV, unlike other Caterhams is longer and wider with a bigger cabin to accomidate taller americans with their large rear ends.
  • Probably Mazdaspeed rx-8 might compete with sti and evo. Hopely it is around $30k. For what i heard from my friend in Japan, the mazdaspeed version rx8 will come in winter or spring next year. Also said it might come with two seater coupe version, made the weight under 3000lbs.!!
    I'm sure this car will beat sti and evo. i also forgot. RWD can have better traction than FWD, for example RX8, using soft tread tires, well of course less fuel mileage and less life span.
  • 95gt95gt Posts: 69
    Sorry but i doubt it. First sti is AWD not FWD, second i have read that even the mazdaspeed version is not all that fast. The regular RX-8 unless clutch dumped is a 7 second car (5-60). I am sure that car handles like a go cart but the fact that a sports car will lose to most pickup trucks out there takes it out of the running. The engine is cool but the issues involved with it (oil consumption, and terrible gas mileage)outweigh its benefits. Nice car but not quite the performer it should be
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I like the RX8, but I didn't find the rear doors that useful, and the seats have no real space. I'd pick a G35 coupe over it.

    Make a lighter 2 seater instead, call it the RX7, that would challenge the best.

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