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Old 09-21-2019, 12:33 PM   #12
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2019 STI CWP


Originally Posted by AnalogMan View Post
I've driven a BRZ only twice, both test drives from a dealer. I used to own a S2000 for about 10 years. In a weak moment, committed one of the biggest (automotive) mistakes of my life and sold it (we were living in the Pacific Northwest at the time, which has about 3 days a year when you can put the top down in a convertible).

I'm looking for something like the S2000 but a hardtop (not really into convertibles anymore). The real answer would have been to put a hardtop on the S2000, but I couldn't find a factory hardtop anywhere close to me. I agree with all the comments about loving the looks and handling of the BRZ, but wonder if the relatively pedestrian engine will satisfy in the long run.

I plan to drive the car strictly on the street. I've already slightly modified the Mustang GT (as much as I'm willing to to). It also has the Performance Package, so it's at the point of diminishing returns for street driving with further modifications. I like the Mustang, except for the relatively poor build quality (it's a Ford...). It also feels and drives like a much larger car than it is. I'd like to get something small and limber.

Thank you very much everyone for your thoughts and experiences. You've given me a lot to think about.
I personally think the ND2 (2019+) MX-5 (Miata) RF is a great option. Having owned an S2000 and spent quite a bit of time driving a BRZ, I think you'll find the new Miata more comparable to the S2000. The RF gives you a hard top and still allows you to put the top down if you want.

I like the BRZ, but if that's the route that you want to go then I suggest waiting until the next generation is released to see if it has the larger displacement FA24 as the rumors suggest. Hopefully they'll be able to tune out the torque dip.

Having owned a S2000 and a couple RX-7s, I'd have a 2019 Miata Club (or preferably a 30th Anniversary edition) in my garage instead of the '19 STI if I didn't have the need for a "practical" 4 door car at this point in life. My '16 WRX was fast, but just not an engaging enough driver's car.
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