Well after driving a bohemouth chevy tahoe for two weeks (for work) my WRX now feels faster than ever. On the way back from surfing today I decided to really push her on the pavement.
I had my friend with me and I wanted to show him what the car could really do. So after some crappy waves I really pushed it through some twisties with my new rear sway bar. Car handles much better especially at high speeds. As we approached some nice easy S turns I dropped it into 3rd and went WOT through each turn braking just before the next. It was a really cool sound WOT, downshift braking, WOT, braking. Even with the sway bar on the stiffest setting the rear stayed planted unless I really forced it loose.
Now the fun part... As we come around a bend I see a very promising looking dirt road (rare on Long Island) and I give my friend the look and he nods. This road was nice packed dirt with little gravel, pretty good traction. I could drift hard and get some real good accelleration out of the turn even with the wheel spin. I love that slingshot feeling around each corner onto the straight. Each turn I was pushing a little harder trying not to get carried away. We finally came up onto a construction area and I had to high-tail it out of there. On the way back we came up on a 120 degree bend that I was able to pull a nice hand brake drift back into a a hard 2nd gear pull into the straight.
Thats when it hit me. You cant have this much fun in anyother car (except the EVO ). One minute I'm outdueling most sports cars on the tarmac the next minute I'm enjoying AWD drifts that no SUV could dream of (OK maybe the new porsche SUV )
So to all you non-believers YES, the WRX handles exceptional offroad as well. And, YES many of us really use it for that. I do every chance I get.