I ran a 1.8t with a 5sp (my buddies) for amny miles, and I could blow past him without downshifting and such, it's just no comparison. I have a few basic bolt-ons but no real power mods, jsut bells n whistles. But still, no challenge whatsoever. I ran him from many stops and many rolls form 20 mph on to 50 mph and everytime i would put about 4 car lengths between us in a matter of seconds. Get a bigger turbo and some other goodies and that car can be fast, but it's not a performance vehicle. Isn't the turbo way small on those? wrx's run a td04 right, and I think thats a pretty normal upgrade for a 1.8t.