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#3393 of 11554 Thanks for the warm welcome!
Oct 23, 2001 (4:14 am)
I think it might be of general interest to have comments from overseas: I read the posts regularly and I will not miss the opportunity to update the board should interesting news arise here in Europe. Here some more info on my car (Swiss specs).
The electric glass moon roof is factory fitted. It was a surprise when I ordered the car one month ago since the 2001 model did not have it. I have not measured it but it is not very long, I suppose to retain the crossbar in the middle of the roof to avoid losing some of WRX mythical structural rigidity. It has an internal cover you can slide manually to let light come into the car without opening the moon roof (it gives a pleasant airy feeling inside). The 215/45R17 tyres are Bridgestone Potenza 011 (not 092 as indicated in my previous post). The engine has less power (218 ps at 5600 revs/min) and torque (215 ft/lb at 3600). I suppose this allows for a better low trottle response. The air conditioning comes standard with an anti-pollen filter. The stereo equipment does not have the in-dash six CD changer. It is a double DIN unit with single CD and cassette player. The rear spoiler is standard (optionally you can have the rised STI style spoiler). It does not have cruise control and front seats side airbag (I assume because they do not fit in the Recaro type seats). And it comes with the stick only (when I asked information about the automatic transmission the dealer just laughed!).
I live in Monza: actually just 2 km away from the circuit where they run the Formula One Italian Grand Prix. The nice thing is that during weekends you can go into the circuit with your own car and try to emulate Shumacker! (I might do that once the break-in period is over).
January next year will be on sale the new Impreza STI. Here are some specs:
- Tuned by Subaru Tecnica International
- 265 PS and 253 lb ft of torque
- 148 mph top speed and 5.2 second 0-60 mph time
- Larger air to air intercooler with water spray
- Active Valve Control System (variable valve timing)
- New six-speed gearbox
- Larger 17 ins Brembo brakes
- Larger 225/45 tyres on gold spoked 17x7.5 alloy wheels
- Uprated suspension with inverted struts
- Front and rear Suretrac limited-slip differentials
More detailed info at: http://www.subaru.co.uk/ under News and Pictures
Ciao to everybody
Oct 23, 2001 (4:58 am)
I was at the dealer getting my oil changed the other day and I ran into the sales manager (The man I bought my WRX wagon from). He said that he has gotten official word on the STi, it will be here next year some time, but at only 265 hp. He said that it kind of disappointed him and wanted much more power, but emission regulations lowered the totals. Just a few words out of the horses mouth
Oct 23, 2001 (5:31 am)
They have to keep pricing under $30k on that STi.
A-HA! Moonroof, see, I told you. Of course it can be done. Move the brace to the B-pillar, if it's not already there, and give people what they want.
Now you look back and realize that all the arguments about rigidity were nonsense, as I was saying. The WRX is not a wet noodle without that brace in that exact location, and cars with moonroofs aren't necessarily wet noodles either.
Oct 23, 2001 (5:49 am)
Did you read what he said...
The moonroof is in front of the center bar. The rest of us have been saying all along that it was fine to put a roof in front of it. Of course from the pics I've seen it's not really a moonroof, more of a roof slit (probably only about 6" front to rear.
Oct 23, 2001 (6:08 am)
You're too used to your Trooper's moonroof. The WRX moonroof is typical in size to most moonroofs found on cars. It's probably about the same size as that found on the Legacy GT sedan and Outback sedan.
Oct 23, 2001 (6:11 am)
The roof I've seen in pics is much smaller than the one on the GT or a std sized one.
It needs to fit in front of the b-pillar re-enforcement beam. I'll see if I can find the pic on the FHI page.
#3399 of 11554 Life After GEICO
Oct 23, 2001 (6:51 am)
Yeah, "we can save you 15% or more..". They raised my premium 30% over the previous 6 mos. with a "performance surcharge". I was told it was based upon statistical data .. blah blah blah. That was enough of a bump that I went shopping. DING DING DING .. we have a winner. Progressive cut my bill by $800 yr. while slightly increasing my coverage. GOOD BYE GEICO !!!
ps - I want a moonroof, and 261hp wouldn't hurt either.
Oct 23, 2001 (7:35 am)
Roberto: Your WRX STi sounds wonderful and you have a beautiful place in which to drive it. Moonroof? juice is on target about it; my feeling is that SoA will gradually add content to the WRX each year until the next redesign. I have a 2000 Forester, which was the 3rd year of a 5-year cycle; some things I have standard that were not available or available at extra cost in 1998-99, and 2001-02 models have things that were unavailable in 2000. It seems to be the way many car companies operate.
"Only 265hp"? It seems that 227 is more than plenty for most people given the accident reports I've been seeing over on i-club. I don't think it will be much trouble getting that car up to the 280-300hp mark; it will be more trouble finding mature, qualified drivers who can handle that kind of power responsibly, thus keeping insurance rates down.
Oct 23, 2001 (8:06 am)
It does look a bit small, but some people have been saying even that would be impossible. It's tiny compared to the Trooper's or Forester's moonroofs, but those are rather enormous.
If they added the moonroof as a stand-alone $800 option to the WRX, it would be very tempting to give Sandy to the wifey.
#3402 of 11554 Not impossible
Oct 23, 2001 (8:16 am)
There were even pics before or at the time of the WRX launch that had the slim glass roof on it. And my dealer said they explained it to them at their ride and drive that they did have one, but that it wasn't worth the effort since it was soooo short front to rear. I guess they decided a small one was better than none at all. Yep there are no moonroofs like the Forester and Trooper (largest of any production SUVs)