Originally Posted by MaddMax
If it makes her and you feel any better, the STI in no quicker or faster. The WRX is a bit underrated, a bit lighter, and less shifting is required in 0-60 and the 1/4 mile resulting to the two cars posting nearly identical 1/4 mile times and trap speeds. Add some firmer dampers, better front pads ($80), a bit more aggressive alignment, and 19mm STI rear sway bar ($90), and you'll have 9 tenths STI in terms of overall performance.
5spd vs 6spd stoutness has always been the real big difference since 04.