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Old 02-17-2001, 08:39 PM   #1
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Post RS or WRX

Should I get a 02 RS and put a turbo kit on it or buy a 02 WRX? Who sells turbos for Subaru's in the US? Would the bigger engine and a turbo in the RS put out more hp than the WRX?
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Old 02-17-2001, 08:55 PM   #2
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you could do that!!! you'll be spending about them same or maybe a bit more on the kit or on whichever turbo kit you buy.....
you might not get the higher revv band but you might have more torque and YES horse power. You may need to upgrade the engine internals if you plan to run high hp like +300hp. Cobbtuning Turbo cams and heads would be a great combo with a Turbo kit if you plan to buy one. if your money wants to burn a hole in your pocket then yes you can go for the MY02 RS's. On the other hand you might save a bit buy just the WRX then buy a bigger turbo......

Either way you'll spend about the same or maybe more on one side due to different mods.
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Old 02-17-2001, 09:37 PM   #3
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ull also have to get a new transmission (the RS's stock tranny wont be able to handle boosted power worth a crap) if ur planning on making it faster than a tuned WRX, and it wont be as reliable as a WRX, youll have to spend lots of extra $$$$$ to make run right and keep it running right. ull get more reliable power for much cheaper and easier out of the WRX. and if u were gonna do this(although i dont know why) itd pointless to buy the 2002 RS. Why in hell would u do that when u could get the current genertion that 200lbs lighter than the 2002 RS will be. not to mention there are already plenty of nasty turbo kits for the current generation RS, and it looks better. doesnt make sense.

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Old 02-17-2001, 10:19 PM   #4

Get the WRX. Why:

Factory turbo with warranty.

Stiffer, more refined chassis/body (2001 and earlier models).

Better quality interior than earlier models.

Possible better resale value - turboed RS's seem to be worth not much even in pristine condition.

It's a WRX! An RS can never really be that. You will spend much more turboing an RS and making it reliable than buying the WRX in the first place.


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Old 02-17-2001, 10:31 PM   #5
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In the end, it's your call.

The new WRX has a motor prepped for turbocharging. That'd be my choice just because, well, it hauls without having to mess it up.

However, the 2.5RS does have a bit of a following. The car is significantly cheaper than the WRX...and it's the same chassis with many of the same goodies that the WRX gets.

If you're interested in throwing some engine management on the 2.5RS, I can see why you'd consider that route. Putting $6000 down for a Vishnu kit will make your RS faster than any WRX. Figure in another $1000 for suspension and you'll be able to outhandle them too.

In the end, you have the same car. You just have to decide whether you're going to rely on the factory for most of your parts or customize completely. For me, it's a no brainer: Subaru will do it better than I can do. For others, it's a tougher question.

BTW: the EJ25 in the new 2.5RS is the same as our engine. Everything is compatible in that regard. The new 2.5RS is also the same chassis-wise as the new WRX save a few trick components. So it's not as bad a platform as we're making it out to be...even though it's too heavy for its own good.
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