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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Ford Shelby GT500, Car Comparisons, Sedan
Comparison Test: Ford Mustang Shelby GT vs. 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - So why compare two cars whose target customers are so different? Well, first of all, they cost the same. The STI is slightly pricier at $39,440, only marginally more than the $39,180 Shelby. With as-tested prices within $300 of each other, the reality of cross-shopping these two on price alone isn't an arguable point. (more)
#57 of 96 Re: Muscle Vs. Rice? [byronwalter]
Jan 02, 2008 (6:37 am)
Twenty years from now we'll be saying "Twenty years from now all these cars will be dinosaurs as we shift to modes of transportation that are not so fossil fuel intensive" and twenty years later, the same thing.
#58 of 96 Re: Muscle Vs. Rice? [gzgtp]
Jan 02, 2008 (10:37 am)
"Twenty years from now we'll be saying "Twenty years from now all these cars will be dinosaurs as we shift to modes of transportation that are not so fossil fuel intensive" and twenty years later, the same thing."
I follow the energy markets pretty closely and I can guaranty you that we are near a point that will prove very interesting with respect to our "business as usual" fossil fuel usage. And I don't mean like we will wake up one day and be out of gas. I really do see the next few years as my last opportunity to own a car like the STi. And even a Corvette gets better mpg...
#59 of 96 Re: Muscle Vs. Rice? [byronwalter]
Jan 02, 2008 (11:16 am)
The vette gets better milage, on paper. I assure you if you drive the vette at anything beyond what a Geo Metro can do, you will not get such good milage.
#60 of 96 Re: Muscle Vs. Rice? [paisan]
Jan 02, 2008 (11:19 am)
Plus, you almost have to drive it hard to bypass that 1st-to-4th feature on the manual shifter. The setup basically encourages you to drive fast to avoid that.
#61 of 96 Re: Muscle Vs. Rice? [ateixeira]
Jan 02, 2008 (11:45 am)
There is a relatively easy way to overcome that with an electronic gadget for <$100 IIRC. -mike
#62 of 96 Re: Muscle Vs. Rice? [ateixeira]
Jan 03, 2008 (6:28 am)
That bypass "feature" on the Vett would drive me nuts. I bet that with self-restraint, the STi might be able to manage => 24 mpg. Over the next few months perhaps a few of us will find out...
#63 of 96 WRX vs Mustang
Jan 03, 2008 (7:19 pm)
I can't stand those WRX....I think it might be the ugliest car on the road and I am not sure I would be caught dead in one. They are also expensive as hell, have no heritage, and no one will give a crap about them in 50 years or even 10 years. Hmmmm.....how many WRX's have run across the stage at Barret Jackson?
Are they fast? Sure. I could stick a rocket up my ass and jump on a skate board, but that would nto make it cool.
BUT, with all that said, I do respect the engineering of the car and while my RWD 450 hp Mustang sits in the garage for the winter, if I had a WRX, I could be enjoying it. There is something to be said for that.
#64 of 96 Re: WRX vs Mustang [waterdr]
Jan 03, 2008 (7:47 pm)
Plenty of WRC Heritage actually going back to 1990ish. It will be around for years to come.
As for Barret Jackson, I doubt you'll see em there cause the owners actually drive them, they aren't "Collectable". Kinda like Go rather than Show. Different strokes for different folks.
#65 of 96 Re: WRX vs Mustang [waterdr]
Jan 04, 2008 (5:56 am)
Well, the STi variant is an aesthetic improvement (to me) over the base WRX, which is ...ah... very Subaruish in looks. As mentioned above I couldn't care less about what a car might be worth a half century from now.
My prime directive is function with form taking second place. The car has gotta be an all year machine, even though money is not an issue (I would like to think of myself as "thrifty") and be able to work as a mother ship for other activities.
And the bottom line is that the STi is one of the best handling cars in its price range.
#66 of 96 Re: WRX vs Mustang [byronwalter]
Jan 04, 2008 (6:11 am)
Thinking about it now, the 22b which was the pre-runner to the STi brings some big money at auctions. Perhaps not Barrett Jackson, but I'm pretty sure it's still in the $40-60k range.