I’m not a huge fan of foreign cars, tuners, or even rally inspired sedans, but the new WRX liftback got my attention. It’s rare that a car peaks my interest without the assitance of a throaty V8. But how could anyone even slightly interested in good engineered performance from a handling perspective. Not to mention a platform that has been tried and true on and off the track.
Enter the 09 Subaru WRX STi ‘liftback’, which is a nice way of saying a 5-Door hatchback curve cutter. And that throaty V8 sound I mentioned earlier, think turbo charged 4 cylinder capable of 300+ horsepower at 6,000 rpms. Knowing it’s not all about the horsepower, can you imagine they are pumping over 290 ft lbs of torque through this light weight aluminum power box?
What has reviewers singing the praise of this rally worthy WRX is it’s ability to tune itself to the driver. That’s right, the 09 WRX STi is capable of adapting to the type of driving or abuse the driver puts the WRX through. Furthermore the 09 WRX is equipped with a control center where you can tweak the performance at the flip of a switch. There are 3 options that allow for different types of clutch and throttle response, which can make getting groceries a lot more exciting.
Although price can be relative, I think of all the other vehicles that could be had for a $40k price tag. Hell, taking a $20k car and dumping $20k in modifications would be more my style, but I don’t think the STi is targeted at me. Rather the European market, with money to burn, and more curves to carve.