Originally Posted by guitarmaster1195
No... They got smart and listened to their rally drivers, who kept asking for a more aerodynamic and structurally sound hatchback design, as most of the cars performing so well in rallies were hatches and did so for those reasons. The five door was not an attempt to sell more cars, it was an attempt to become more in tune with actual performance and the STI's rally heritage. If anything, that deserves respect and admiration, seeing as Subaru probably knew that many of their 4D lovers would be turned away.
A hatch is stiffer in the WRC because they fill the whole backseat/trunkspace with the roll cage's cross bracing. So the increased stiffness in a 2009 Impreza WRX WRC shouldn't be fully attributed to the change from the sedan to the hatch, but the compounded effect of a redesigned roll cage that was enabled by the body style change. Yes, a hatch could create much less drag than a sedan, with the proper rear diffuser(s).
Still sucks that there's no more SWRT.