Well guys, after several years of ownership with the sti (that coming after 2yrs of owning a modded wrx) I have an announcement......I sold my sti last week. My wife had been nagging me about the wing and since we bought our new house she was wanting me to get something more "adult like." I picked up a Volvo S60R, the car is sweet. Red, sport kit, premium, climate, here are my impressions after one week vs my sti:
Obviously the car is much more refined, the sweet smell of leather, the looks of the car itself! She can't say the car is not adult looking now.
Driver seat is extremely comfortable, each remote can adjust to different people driving it (although my wife does not drive a stick :-)
6-speed is very smooth, the shifter is very nice looking. Gearing is much longer, I can easily do 60 in 2nd vs 3rd in the sti . Car is at 2K in 6th at 60.
Clutch took some getting used to, much softer than the sti, release point is higher.
Brakes are great (Brembo's like the sti but with "R" on them). Stops on a dime, no fade.
Car has three active chassis settings (comfort, sport, advanced) and you can really tell the difference when driving the car hard in advanced vs comfort). Even in advanced the ride is not as hard as in the sti. But the compromise is that the sti handled better.
Stereo---13 speaker surround sound, my subaru system sucked
Tires---18" pegasus wheels with Pirelli tires, the car actually handles suprisingly well given its 400lbs heavier than the sti. Tires are not as sticky as the sti's.
The car has traction control/anti-skid that you can adjust or turn off altogether for launching the car.
Looks--The car looks sweet, check one out with the sport package and you'll see.
The car has all these other nice features like one-touch sunroof, lights that come on/off automatically, wipers on/off automatically, fog lights, 1 touch-auto window up/down on both driver and pax.
Sound-The car is soooooo quiet inside compared to the sti, the ride is very smooth.
Engine-Power and torque come on strong around 1800rpm so slightly sooner than the sti and remain strong up through 5500-6000 rpms. Power is very smooth and very little if any lag. Twin-intercoolers. The sti seems faster to me but I think this car pulls harder on the highway due to the gearing. I have not been able to find any stats on the car thus far but I'd be interested in the trap speed if anyone's seen one because it feels faster on the highway (hence I suspect a pretty high trap mph-100+). It would definitely smoke my old wrx so it has to be somewhere between the low 14's and high 13's.
I'll miss the handling, pure power of the sti but I do have to admit that I really like my new Volvo thus far. As for Subaru's, I am not done, I'm trying to talk my wife into swapping out her outback for a Legacy GT (since they are soooo discounted, plus we have an incentive from Subaru beyond best price for some issues she had with her outback).