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Old 09-07-2021, 07:22 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by K3rm1tth3fr0g View Post
Fair point but the FA20 is pretty capable as it is and he currently owns a car with one.
True, but having owned a '16 WRX (flex fuel tuned) & '19 STI, the WRX's FA20 is easier to make power with, but the WRX lacks the driver engagement that the STI has (steering feel, rod-actuated shifter, brembo brakes, less understeer, etc.). Everything just feels tighter and sharper in the STI. It feels less mushy and more like a drivers car's (or as much as it can for a "compact" sports/performance sedan.

Power aside, I have no regrets upgrading from my '16 WRX to '19 STI. Even if the STI is slower and gets worse fuel economy.. it's more enjoyable and engaging to drive. I hope the next gen STI doesn't lose that. I wouldn't mind having a FA24DIT swap in my STI

The leaks of the next gen WRX aren't that appealing to me as it's looking more like a wilderness model with all of the black plastic cladding everywhere. Hopefully the STI is different.

Now days, it's so easy to get caught up in the horsepower wars and focus on power numbers and performance metrics. If you're a true car/driving enthusiast, you'll likely care more about the sensation that you get from driving the car as you won't always be doing 1/4 mile runs, 0-60mph launches or dyno runs. Those are mostly bragging rights. Back when I owned my AP2 S2000, I test drove a GTR on the road and around a track. I instantly knew it wasn't the car for me. It was ridiculously fast, but lacked the engagement and feedback of my very slow S2000. But this is what I personally enjoy about driving. If I didn't need a backseat then I'd buy a ND2 Miata because they're a blast to drive (the 2nd gen BRZ tS may be in my future). If I was in the search of power on a budget, I'd buy a Mustang GT (or Mach 1) and install a CARB legal supercharger for 700+ HP. Basically, decide what you're looking for in a car (and what you don't like about your WRX since you said you're "over it"), then go test drive and spend as much time in cars that you're interested in. Renting a car on Turo and spending a weekend with it is another great option so you can get some more seat time to see how you feel about the car.

Basically, don't trade in your WRX for a current gen STI if you're just looking for more power. The WRX wins in terms of power per $.
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