I haven't had a chance to really put this STI through its paces, but so far, I'm a bit underwhelmed. In particular, this special edition's suspension enhancements don't seem to have improved the WRX's mediocre steering. At highway speeds, it's still too light and slack on center. Needless to say, it can't compare with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo's mind-altering responsiveness. That doesn't mean the Evo would necessarily win out at the racetrack or in an autocross, but on the street, the STI still has some catching up to do.
All of this isn't to say the Subie is a bad choice. How could it be, with 305 horsepower, a superadvanced all-wheel-drive system, and a sub-$35,000 starting price? That's quite a tasty combination, if you ask me. I often wonder why anyone would load up what is essentially a cheap compact with luxury-car amenities like HID headlights and fancy stereos, so I'm glad this Special Edition model doesn't have them.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor