WRONG. Period. Meet me at the track and I'll show you what a WRX will do to your S4. Who said the WRX can't drive across the desert with the cruise control set at 89mph?Originally posted by Whooosh
Despite what some of the magazines say, the S4 at least matches if not outperforms the WRX in acceleration at lower speeds and definitely exceeds it at higher speeds. Also, it has a higher top end and is designed to stay there all day if need be. Nice on long jaunts across the desert.
This is nothing that a $200 downpipe can't fix. Or the six speed tranny on the STILL LESS EXPENSIVE STi model.Originally posted by Whooosh
In day to day driving, the torque obviates the need for the downshifting (which the WRX requires) and makes for a more powerful feeling and smoother car. Great for climbing the mountains.
It has less turbo lag and better throttle response, especially noticeable in passing maneuvers where real world performance comes to light.
My car has been called "cute" by EVERY chicky that looks at it. My g/f personally thinks flat German seats are a ugly and uncomfortable. Most WRX owners don't have to impress women with their car.Originally posted by Whooosh
The S4 looks better than the WRX. Females, in particular, repeatedly express their disdain for the appearance of the WRX (i.e. the scared catfish look). Not meaning to be disrespectful here but, sorry, that's what they say.
The interior is sumptious, the best in the business. If you want to impress a new girlfriend, do you take her to McDonald's or the best French restaurant in town? 'Nuff said.
The WRX can support up to three times it own weight on it's roof without intruding on the passenger's cabin. It has front and side airbags and side safety pillars. Where are you getting these safety figures from?Originally posted by Whooosh
It is built stronger and better able to protect the occupant in crashes, roll-overs, etc. Also, it has better airbag protection (side curtains as well as front). The car is eminently survivable as evidenced by crashes at well over 100 mph where the occupants walked away vs. fatalities which have already been documented in WRXs at lower speeds. To me, the car isn't important ... my life is. One's replaceable, one's not.
You are truly diluted if you think "German steel" is better than "Japanese steel." Are you certain that the steel found in the Audi is sourced from Germany? I'm pretty certain that the WRX's steel isn't sourced from Japan.Originally posted by Whooosh
Galvanized metal construction with higher quality German steel and a superior corrosion warranty means better rust protection.
Who calls it the "silken rocket"? You? God's car will have 400+HP soon, so what's the relevance of that argument?Originally posted by Whooosh
The car is smoother and quieter. They don't call it "The Silken Rocket" for nothing. Much more enjoyable to take on a long, cross-country trip.
The ultimate tuning potential of the S4 is greater with a stronger block and transmission. 400+ HP kits are now hitting the market with 450 *reliable* HP very obtainable.
"The quattro AWD system is slightly superior" for only ~$20,000 more. WOW!Originally posted by Whooosh
The quattro AWD system is slightly superior to the fluid coupled system of the WRX. With the slightly better AWD system and the heavier weight, the S4 has been shown to be a superior handler in the snow and ice.
The S4 is a better winter car in other ways. It has heated seats, heated mirrors, heated doorlocks, and heated windshield washer nozzles as well as a superior climate control/heating system. Extremely comfortable with completely clear windows in the nastiest weather. In addition, the ski sack means I can fit my skiis *inside* the car.
Funny, If I skiied, I'm relatively certain that the armrest pass through that I used to pick up my weed eater from Sears would easily hold quite a few skis. If I had the Sportwagon, I could fit just about anything I wanted in the back of my WRX.
You summed that up nicely. I asked a guy I met recently who traded in his Audi S4 for a WRX why he did it. He said, "The WRX is just different, raw, aggressive." There's the difference between a WRX owner and a S4 owner. Go back to your luxo-camp with your $44,000 car and stop worrying about us piddling troglodytes that choose a Subaru WRX over an overpriced VW.Originally posted by Whooosh
I like the look and visibility conferred by the Xenon headlights with nighttime high speed driving. I also like the rear fog lights (an excellent deterrent to tailgaters).
I like the smell and feel of a leather interior and the easy adjustability of the power seats.
Although it's a hot running engine, the dual fans ensure that this engine never, ever overheats in summertime stop-and-go traffic.
The car has a prestige aspect. Business clients are more impressed and valets treat the car with more respect than cheaper Japanese cars.
No insults meant for the WRX which is an excellent car for the money but I think you folks overlook *all* the reasons why S4 owners buy their cars. It isn't just 0-60 and 1/4 times and price.
To each their own.