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#3786 of 11554 "RACE PROVEN, NOT INSPIRED"
Nov 25, 2001 (9:42 pm)
is a quote from the impreza wrx brochure. well, that is true because britians richard burns and co-driver robert reid just clinched the 2001 fia world rally championship with their subaru impreza wrc. they were third going into the last event in britian behind scottlands colin mcrae and co-driver nicky grist with their ford focus wrc, and finlands tommi makkinen and co-driver risto manisenmakki (manisenmakki did not participate in this rally because of injuries from a previous event) in their mitsubishi evolution vii wrc. both the mitsubishi and ford dnf the rally. good first year for the new subaru world rally car winning in a very tough form of motorsport. if anybody can think of a form of auto racing that is harder on a car then rally racing i would like to know what it is! check out the results at the fia's home page.
Nov 26, 2001 (8:12 am)
I was going to say that a demolision derby might be harder on the car than rallying, but after looking at what was left of Mcrae's car, that might not be the case.
Nov 26, 2001 (1:07 pm)
18" rims are sweet looking, but I agree they are overkill for public roads. Saw a gorgeous set of 18" rims at "Da Big Meet" in Rockville, MD, last week. 50 Subies! It was the only 18" set on the lot. It was also the only rim on the lot that was damaged.
Plenty of 17"s though, and I didn't notice any that were damaged.
A4 or WRX? Ignoring the price and reliability advantage Subaru has for a moment, I'd pick the A4 if I were to be primarily a passenger, and the WRX if I were to be the primary driver.
#3789 of 11554 Hey corkfish
Nov 26, 2001 (4:54 pm)
you can get by with a wrx wagon at age 42, I'm 49 and now driving one. Don't know if I feel younger with one (when I was 42 I got a Delsol) since I have had several sport cars. I don't like boring cars. Anyway high school students like the wrx wagon too. It is quite popular with the student body at the high school where I teach.
Nov 26, 2001 (5:59 pm)
So, I just came off an accident in a Ford Escape. I had it for winter road driving from Boston for snowboarding roadtrips into Northern Maine and NH.
I'm not so confident of SUV's anymore and have been looking into the WRX as something that can still handle winter driving, but be considerably more stable and fun to drive. I was especialy happy to see the standard side impact airbags on the WRX.
Anyway, I'm pretty much set on getting one as the A4 is out of my price range. I was wondering if the the rear wing made the WRX look more sporty or if it's just a tacky addition. It looked pretty good when I saw it in the showroom the other day, but it seems like many of the car mags didn't.
Thanks for any opinions.
#3791 of 11554 A4 passenger
Nov 26, 2001 (6:39 pm)
I wouldn't want to be a passenger in the back of an A4 compared to a WRX. Its tight back there in that A4 even compared to a WRX! The new one is not much better either!
#3792 of 11554 winter driving
Nov 26, 2001 (9:01 pm)
If you (eyeball2452) are looking for winter traction do not forget about tires.
Nov 27, 2001 (5:41 am)
The spoiler is mostly cosmetic. I personally think it looks like a boomerang glued to the decklid, but who cares what I think? It's whether or not you like it that counts.
Nov 27, 2001 (5:45 am)
I agree. I personally dislike spoilers on sedans but I guess it is just personal preference. I like the sleeper look, that comes with a car that does not come with spoilers or hood-scoops. I would have been happier if they had modified the design of the WRX to eliminate the hood scoop.
The spoiler on the WRX wagon, however looks subtle and I am okay with it.
#3795 of 11554 Factory WRX Spoiler
Nov 27, 2001 (5:53 am)
Tirerack did some testing of the spoiler. As posted on iclub:
"Most people can not feel a 10-15 lbs change of lift but, almost all driver do notice a change in lift or down force of 20 lbs. or more. The WRX has a drag [power requirement of 60.5 hp 100mph, front lift is 59.2 lbs rear lift is 70lbs. The addition of the O.E. rear wing has no effect on drag but reduces rear lift by 19.3lbs. and increasefront lift by 12.2 lbs. 100 mph."
So basically, the spoiler is non-functional. At least the wind tunnel shows that it doesn't hurt aerodynamics and actually helps to a very small degree.
I don't like the spoiler also, but I equally dislike the sedan without it. But given the fact that it doesn't come standard, I'd take the car without it and maybe add a WRC style one like the previous RS later if I really wanted it. The wagon looks great with the spoiler (of course I'm biased there)