Originally posted by SpeedShift
i dont think there will be more than 4,000 produced this year. this is after all, a collectors car.
The STi is hardly a collector’s car.
The reason why we are getting the STi with all the "goodies" on it is because those "goodies" are now much cheaper to produce and are more widely available. The cost of R&D has been recouped and the parts can now be sold at a cheaper price while still making a profit.
Look at cars that cost $50,000 ten years ago. Those cars had all the latest gadgets and innovations with a price to match. We can now buy cars with those same gadgets and innovations for much less and the $50,000 cars have new stuff for us to yearn for.
If you are familiar at all with the computer industry you will know that the price for a high-end system stays pretty much constant. But with each coming year the parts inside that computer get better and faster. Now, years later the mid-range system has the parts that the high-end system had at a lower cost.
We have just been around long enough now to see some feature we wanted in the past available now at for the price we want to pay for it.