Originally Posted by Nine
Seriously, you have no clue what you are talking about. Please stop now.
The STI is as close to a production rally car as it gets, minus tires. It is NOT a sports car. Any and all STI owners will know that their car is built to rallyl just buy looking at the horrendous wheel gap in the front or the numerous differential settings and symmetrical AWD. Look at the quick shifting in the STI and the short gears, this is all rally inspired. Power delivery falls on it's face over 100mph, none of this helps on major road courses.
Seriously bud, do your homework.
<---(Former 2x STI owner)
Well , I've driven a 09 STI for the past 3 years before buying my M3 and I never felt more in a rally car then in any of my Audis! Just because some peolple race those car in the rally does'nt mean the production model is close to a rally car , even with that horrendous wheel gap I woudl'nt dare take a jump with the stock suspensions and wheels, I think I had that same gap on my A4 and my TT! As for the short gears, not worst then any 6speed 4cyl. , in fact I'm pretty sure a rally car does'nt get to 155mph while the STI does. As for the power delivery that is falling after 100mph, any 4cyl will do that, specially an AWD one! And finally, the differential settings, I think Mitsubishi offers that in the Outlander!
IMO the STI is just a road car with some rally inspirations, not different then every Audi , it's not even close to be rally prep! It surely helps Subaru selling cars to associate the STI with rally but I'm a 100% sure those cars are built for normal use on normal roads! If you don't think so, try to find a STI review that took place on a rally course!