Out in the STi returning rented videos. Traffic was too bad to turn left to go home so I turned right to make a big loop. Along that loop, some kid in a Mazda kept trying to take off fast, so I dusted him but he flew by since he was willing to speed more. Then his brother came up behind me in a Mustang GT (not sure year model...newish, had "GT 4.6L" on the side and slight modification - he told me so), didn't slow down and revved as he went by, then took off. I thought this might be my opportunity, FINALLY...and as it happens, the route they were taking was the exact same as mine.
To get my house, one must cross one of two bridges here. We crossed the long, WIDE one. Unfortunately, I didn't get to catch the GT at the light at the start of the bridge. I also got spooked by cars on a hill (thought they were cops)...so I fell a bit behind right when we got on the bridge. Once I figured out that the cars weren't cops, I floored it in 5th, starting from about 60 mph. About the time I caught them, I had topped out 5th so had to go into 6th. I think I hit an obnoxiously high speed but didn't check the speedo. Needless to say, I caught them rather quickly.
At the end of the bridge is a series of hard curves, all almost 90 degrees. I slowed down, put it in 3rd and blew by the two other cars like they weren't moving. After the curves, there's another long, straight road to a light. They stayed behind me a while, but kept creeping closer (doing speed limit at the time), so I shifted back down to 5th gear. About 3/5 of the way down the road, the Mustang got up beside me, revved and took off. He got his front bumper in front of me before I got into 4th gear. I floored it in 4th and then his lead ceased opening, then started getting smaller until I simply flew by him. Cool thing is it seemed almost effortless for the STi.
They got behind me at the light and we turned left. I went slow on that road and I talked to them for a second. They asked if it was supercharged, so I told them turbo. They asked what I had done to it and they looked like they crapped their pants when I said it came that way from the factory. They told me the Mustang was pushing about 300 hp too. I finally found someone who didn't know what an STi was.
When I had to turn off to go home and they went straight, I gave them a thumbs up and waved. They waved back. Cool guys. Wouldn't mind meeting them again sometime.
A WRX may not have top end, but it sure seems an STi does.