I am new to the Subi too... My last HP car was the Pontiac Grand Prix GTP - I thought it was quick at the time, until I drove the WRX. I got the last new 2007 in Vermont as I wasn't much of a fan of the 08 model yet.
Stupid question - The dealer made a big stink out of the break-in period of the car. I have to say, I have gone past the recommended 4000 RPM 5-6 times, but not redlined. I can't imagine its that bad - am I pretty normal in doing that?