This is the second Subaru WRX around the office in the past two months, and even though this one was less powerful, less showy, and less expensive, it was just as much fun to drive.
Andrew Peterson is square on with his comments about turbo lag. In low gears, it took until about 5000 rpm to fully feel the effects of the turbo.
The SPT upgrades were mostly a go-fast looks package; as nice as the short-throw shifter is, it's not going to make you a quicker driver, and horsepower was up only slightly over the run-of-the-mill Rexes. The WRX is still, at its core, a driver's car - not a hauler, and certainly not a looker. But you can avoid both of those problems by just getting behind the wheel, turning the key, and not looking back.
Jeffrey Jablansky, Intern