Would you say that the STI has a fairly decent performance bang compared with how much the car costs? The reason I'm asking is I've been looking a lot at 0-60 & 1/4 mile times between this car, a new mustang gt & used (ls1) camaros. From what I've been seeing, a new mustang gt is significantly cheaper than a STI. And is it safe to say that the performance is roughly the same? Personally I'd rather have the STI since the gas mileage is better and since it's a smaller car I'd assume it's easier to drive then the GT. But I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the cost difference between the two cars knowing that I could get comparable performance while paying so much less. You can no longer buy a new camaro so that's out, even though the LS1 is faster than a STI.
I'm assuming that a mustang gt has a lot of room for performance improvement vs an STI. Mainly because the engine is still naturally aspirated and the STI is already pretty tweaked.
If any of my facts are wrong, please forgive me. I'm still in the research phase of deciding which car to get, and it's been many years since performance numbers have meant anything to me. The cost of an STI is about the limit of what I'm willing on spending for a new car. I'm not looking for something that's a full blown dragster. Just something that's got a ton of power for a reasonable price. Don't ask why, I don't even know. I think it's a mid life thing.