Consequtive road tests of vanilla 2005 WRX and WRX Sti - Holy cow!

Discussion in 'Subaru Impreza' started by GRL, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. GRL

    GRL Guest

    Road tested two WRX's yesterday: a WRX wagon with normal shifter and a WRX Sti sedan with short shift shifter. Both 2005 off dealer lot. The Sti was first.

    The Sti is one hot car! I was not used to the short shift gearbox and it felt a little weird at first, but it only took a few minutes to get used to it. The power of the Sti engine is just wonderful. I detected little, if any, turbo lag. The thing had plenty of what Americans like, low end grunt. Only revved it to about 5,000 rpm (not my car) using the audible shift indicator (nice feature). Great little handler, too. Comfortable ride, though firm. The clutch was sweet.

    I drove a friend's vanilla WRX a year or so ago and liked it. This time around after the Sti, I liked it a lot less. The power of the Sti is very noticeably missing at low rpm's and the long throw shifter just feels more sloppy and hard to drive smoothly with in comparison. Just felt awkward in comparison.

    The bad thing is that the Impreza body is a little tight for a 6' 1" person like myself. I can't get the seat back far enough to be really comfortable and even at that point the back seat behind is sonly good for "legless midgets". Also not too crazy about the fabric covering on the seat bolsters. They hold you well and the seats are comfy, but you slide over the bolsters whenever you get in/out and I can't see how they would not wear quickly and look like hell.

    I sure wish the Impreza were maybe 5% larger or Subaru made a Legacy version of the Sti because even though the Sti is a load of fun and pretty reliable, it is just a bit too small.

    My guess is on the next redo, it will grow just a little (like the Legacy did). The old WRX/Sti fans will moan, but they (Subaru) will end up with a better car.
    George Litwinski

    "It's good to want things."

    S. Barr (philosopher, poet, humorist, chemist, Visual Basic.Net programmer)
     
    GRL, Sep 19, 2004
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    WRXtreme Guest

    I'm doubtful that will happen, as they will want to keep the car small for the WRC to be competitive. I really don't see subaru abandoning their WRC heritage and winning because a few americans want the car bigger.
     
    WRXtreme, Sep 19, 2004
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  3. GRL

    GRL Guest

    I dunno. The BMW 3-Series grew a bit between the last two generations and the new ones still race well.
    George Litwinski

    "It's good to want things."

    S. Barr (philosopher, poet, humorist, chemist, Visual Basic.Net programmer)

    I'm doubtful that will happen, as they will want to keep the car small for the WRC to be competitive. I really don't see subaru abandoning their WRC heritage and winning because a few americans want the car bigger.
     
    GRL, Sep 20, 2004
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    David Betts Guest

    Size and weight are the enemy. You should have plenty of room in a
    standard Rex at only 6ft 1in unless you are massively overweight.
    Also, there is plenty of room for normal-sized adults in the rear,
    even with the driver's seat set back. Please do not wish for another
    dumbing down.

    (Please sort our your formatting problem and try to remember that
    usenet is a plain-text community. Thanks.)

    David Betts
     
    David Betts, Sep 20, 2004
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  5. GRL

    Gadgets Guest

    They already put in wider seats when they went bugeye, doubt there would be
    much change in future. Guess you could always mod it to suit your prefs
    anyway...

    Cheers, Jason (remove ... to reply)
    Video & Gaming: http://gadgetaus.com
     
    Gadgets, Sep 20, 2004
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    GRL Guest

    Sigh. It's not a question of seat width. That's fine. It's a case of
    leg room. There is not enough gor someone 6'1" to be comfortable for a
    long haul. With the front seat all the way back, there is some 6"
    between front seat and rear cushion in back. This is a joke.

    I have test driven a Dodge Neon SRT and it had better front and rear
    seat leg room. It can be done in a car the size of the Impreza.

    Understand, I like the STi a LOT. A performance jewel. Just wish it
    were a nit bigger.

    By the way, the BMW M3 manages to be larger/heavier and more
    comfortable than the STi and out-performs it by a little. Comfort for
    tall people and high performance can be done.
     
    GRL, Sep 21, 2004
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    WRXtreme Guest

    The rear leg room is a bit deceptive. I am also 6' 1" but fit back there
    just fine. The rear of the seat is cloth and there is no padding there so
    even though the seat comes back, your knees actually have a bit of room.
     
    WRXtreme, Sep 21, 2004
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  8. GRL

    David Betts Guest

    That must be why BMW are having to produce a stripped-out, lightweight
    version of the M3 for their enthusiast customers. Standard M3 is
    lardy, over-equipped and less than satisfying. People are prepared to
    pay more for less.

    David Betts
     
    David Betts, Sep 21, 2004
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    hippo Guest

    How times change. My dad was 6'4" and 220lb when he used to drive a 64 Mini
    Cooper as a police pursuit car with a similarly sized partner! The people I
    actually know (rather than see around) with WRXs/STIs are all over 6'.
    Maybe you have shorter body/longer legs? Howzabout a B4?
     
    hippo, Sep 21, 2004
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    CompUser Guest

    Is the Neon not a transverse engine, vs. the
    Subaru flat-four? Great, get yourself a Neon.
    At double the price or so...shouldn't it? Great,
    get ya self an M3...
    It is, what it is.
     
    CompUser, Sep 21, 2004
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    Ken Gilbert Guest

    george, i'm 6'4", ~190lbs, and my car fits me like a glove. the seats
    all the way back, the seat back is two clicks from the most upright,
    and the "jack" is all the way down.

    the seats post-bugeye were made with smaller bolsters, and a bit
    wider.

    who cares how much space the back passengers get? i never ride in the
    back in my own car!! ;)

    i must say, i do have a wagon. that may make a bit of difference in
    interior space.

    jm2c
    ken
     
    Ken Gilbert, Sep 21, 2004
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  12. GRL

    GRL Guest

    Ken,

    I tried 2005 models and I think the STI has different seats than the
    WRX this year. The lack of rear seat leg room is rarely a problem, but
    when you want to go out for lunch with three of your pals and it's
    your turn, it becomes a BIG problem at that moment.

    I am amazed that at 6'4" you can be comfortable. Must be a body type
    difference long torso (you) vs. long legs (me). I guess.

    - George
     
    GRL, Sep 22, 2004
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