What has yet to be mentioned is this, here's some perspective for the younger guys/ gals. I'm 39, when I was in my late teens and early 20's "fast" cars, in general, came with the type of power that 'base model' cars come with today. I had a very tricked out VW Rabbit GTI, with P&P head, intake, and throttle body, 10.5:1 pistons, cam and exhaust. My car was pushing 140hp and it weighed 1950 lbs with me in it, a much lower power to weight ratio than a WRX, let alone an STI. That's what I grew up with and learned how to drive. I thought I was a great driver back then. Until I clipped a deer, fish tailed multiple times, and slid off the road at 70 mph.
'83-'84 GTI's came with 90hp stock and were considered the hot hatch in that era.
FLASH FORWARD TODAY:
Your bone stock WRX makes 150% more power....STOCK!! Don't tell me todays youth don't do the same things we did back then. When you aren't expecting it, your car can get away from you MUCH MUCH more easily than you think and even when you are expecting it. How many cars do you see spin running an autox course?