Just after your thoughts - Many moons ago I owned the 2001 WRX - Awesome car, loved the aggressive ride and everything it had to offer.
While it has been some 10 years since selling it, maybe I remember it better than it was.
I have just driven the 2014 WRX, yes looking at them again is like returning to an old friend. But alas I am somewhat underwhelmed with the new one.
Of course it is more refined, quieter so on and so on - but it did not inspire me as they once had, way less aggressive (perhaps appealing to the mass market )
Perhaps age gives some perspective in terms of how much I wanted the original one at that time in my life, but I digress.
My questions is - are their significant differences in the performance that might account for the lack of enthusiasm for the new model ?
Please don't get me wrong - awesome car with a cult following, but someone might have owned both models and know what I mean.