With ~1,150 miles on the clock, I have started to extend my WRX a bit. Turbo lag does not seem to be a big deal. In fact, power delivery seems fairly linear. I have not seen the advertised flat spot above ~6300RPM but I really haven't pushed it above 6000RPM to speak of. The power and delivery seems to be similar to the 2004 350Z roadster that I had. I would state that the power is sufficient (extra points if anyone knows who rated their cars horsepower that way). This is not a 12 second car, like the Firehawk (big point is that the Firehawk produced over 300 pound feet of rear wheel torque from 2000RPM to 5500RPM with peak 350 pound feet at 4800). Proper gear selection is mandatory for performance. The engine does seem fairly smooth and while not Jaguar V8 smooth, it isnít nearly as buzzy as the Z was, especially on top.
I am still exploring the handling and staying well within the limits until I get a better seat of the pants feel for the car approaching its limits. What I have seen, to date, would indicate a fairly neutral demeanor. There doesnít seem to be any tendency to over-steer (@$$ hanging out) or the plow straight ahead of understeer, usually associated with all-wheel-drive. I am thinking that I am still a few thousand miles short of the sweet spot on tire wear for the best handling, anyway. The WRX corners flat, without a lot of lean and does seem to have the on-rails feeling to where I have pushed it so far. I am expecting to need at least 4K miles to even begin to get a full feeling for the car. Sometime after those miles, Iíll have a trip to a nearby track for a track day to be able to more fully explore the vehicle. I am still debating whether Iíll need to buy a helmet to match the color of the car (always did in the past, but I donít think Iíll be tracking this one nearly as much).