Originally Posted by nightdown fox
Plasma, if you're not satisfied with your WRX, go STI. It's as simple as that. Obviously it's cheaper to start with that platform versus playing catch up. Looks are completely subjective between the new widebody WRX and the STI... Unless you're dying for painted calipers and the wing (except you're going hatch so that's even less of a difference) unless you can't paint and find someone willing to trade... For everyone that complements the 6 speed, the longer ratios of the 5 make it a better road warrior, although the 6 obviously keeps you on boil better in the twisties and it feels better...
What it comes down to is what you already stated in your OP... Your own personal priorities. I've never questioned the WRX after spending seat time in both... And when I'm a doctor... I'll buy a GT-R...
Blehhh, you sound like someone who should've started out with the STI.
It isn't as simple as that though. I do not have much seat time in a STi so I don't know if it would even feel like I am looking for. I do know the 6 speed is a much better feeling trans, even without bushing. You simply skip gears to avoid shifting more, with the tighter ratios, going from 1-3 or 2-4 will feel fine.
You're right that it will come down to my personal opinions/priorities. I suppose I need more seat time in a STi to really decide if its what I'm looking for.
I really just wanted to hear what people who went from 2011/12 wrx to 2011/12/13 STi thought. These are the only people who can give me an informed opinion.