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Old 03-06-2003, 01:40 PM   #1
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Pottering around town in a Subaru Impreza WRX, you could just about believe you were at the helm of a staid Honda Accord or Toyota Corolla. The steering is firm, but not overly heavy, the suspension absorbs potholes competently, and the flexible two-liter engine forgives a missed downshift or two, accelerating from below 1,000rpm without any fuss. But should you miss an upshift with the slick six-speed gearbox, all hell breaks loose. At exactly the 3,000rpm mark, the hooligan within is released, and the rapid approach of upcoming taillights reminds you that this car has won three World Rally Championships.
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Old 03-06-2003, 01:44 PM   #2
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The hood scoop on the newest, and most powerful, 2003 WRX STi version has grown to sparrow-swallowing proportions and is only upstaged by the breakfast bar-sized rear wing attached to the trunk's lid. Both these appendages are quite intrusive to the driver, with the scoop obscuring children, large dogs and small delivery trucks when cresting hills, while the rear spoiler is just visible when checking the driver's side mirror. This latter gives the unnerving impression that there's "something"-a motorbike?-adjacent to the back left wheel precisely when starting to change lanes.
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Old 03-06-2003, 06:20 PM   #3
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They say the STI puts out over 350hp while the north american spec is rated at 300hp. 300hp is alot, but a thought the new 2.5L would produce the same amount of powers as the JDM 2L. Just how much slower is the a-spec STI going to be?
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Old 03-06-2003, 06:37 PM   #4
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Don't believe that 350hp claim. More than 280hp? Yes, but not THAT much more. Have no fear, the US STi will be plenty healthy.

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Old 03-06-2003, 06:38 PM   #5
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My dealer told me that the US model will have more than 300hp. They are listing it at 300 for emissions and insurance purposes. I don't know how true it is.
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Old 03-06-2003, 07:31 PM   #6
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My favorite part

The hood scoop on the newest, and most powerful, 2003 WRX STi version has grown to sparrow-swallowing proportions and is only upstaged by the breakfast bar-sized rear wing attached to the trunk's lid. Both these appendages are quite intrusive to the driver, with the scoop obscuring children, large dogs and small delivery trucks when cresting hills, while the rear spoiler is just visible when checking the driver's side mirror. This latter gives the unnerving impression that there's "something"-a motorbike?-adjacent to the back left wheel precisely when starting to change lanes.
Why are they able to see the wing in side view mirror Sideview mirrors are for seeing the blindspots to your sides; the rearview mirror is for looking behind you.
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Old 03-06-2003, 07:43 PM   #7
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I remember that guy - I'm sure he's the one that called the Legacy Blitzen a twin-turbo diesel.

The comments about why the intercooler was placed on top of the engine further my worries about him. Along with the 350bhp quote - trust me mate, I've driven a 350hp STi, and the standard car isn't one.

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Old 03-07-2003, 10:44 AM   #8
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Metropolis is a free magazine released weekly for westerners to find things to do in Japan. It is hardly a reputable source for car information. 350hp? please this guy is an idiot.
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Old 03-07-2003, 12:35 PM   #9
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My dealer told me that the US model will have more than 300hp. They are listing it at 300 for emissions and insurance purposes. I don't know how true it is.
I think I have spoken with your sales guy before. He also told me the STi was 300+Hp & 300+ lb/ft. I also introduced the Blitzen to him on the SOJ site, but I'm sure I didn't say it was diesel anything!

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Old 03-07-2003, 01:17 PM   #10
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I guess we won't know for sure til someone throws one up on a dyno.
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Old 03-08-2003, 09:48 AM   #11
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oh dear...someone's been too near the thinners again

350+

I guess that's another reason for apexjapan.com to keep getting accurate info out there - I feel a dyno run coming on
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