Hello! Been lurking for a while. After a test drive this weekend figured I'd go ahead and join up. Subies have been on my radar since they brought the STi stateside while I was in high school. I'm close to wrapping up grad school (May '14) and starting my year long externship next month so I'll be in the market sometime in the next 6-12 months hopefully. Local Subaru dealer had an '11 WRX Limited Sedan in SWP and also an '09 Pontiac G8 GT (6.0L V8 anyone?) so I went by and took both for a drive. Fascinating the stark contrast between the two cars (duh, but still interesting to experience back to back). The WRX was definitely a more raw driving experience but the feeling of being pushed back into the seat as boost hits (I didn't go crazy, but I got on it a little). The steering felt fairly quick and light and I was impressed by the level of refinement and the seats in the Limited trim (currently driving a beater 2000 Saturn hand me down from my parents). The G8 was definitely a fun drive too, the E39 M5 of this generation especially in GXP trim with the LS3 and 6M (which is the version I'd want but they are veritable unicorns with only ~1800 produced between A6/M6). Obviously it's a larger, heavier car than the WRX and that was evident in the steering feel but the ride on the highway was silky smooth and the smooth power available was quite evident, looked down and had gone from 55-75 without hardly noticing.
Before this drive I didn't think I'd want a WRX sedan (LOVE the 5 doors) or SWP but in the future I think I'd at least consider it. My preference still greatly leans towards the WRB 5 door but I'd take a DGM, Black, or red also. Other cars on the short list would probably be the G8 GXP 6M and 335i sedan. The new Mazda 6s are definitely intriguing especially if they bring the diesel in a manual. But needless to say, the WRX is on top of the list for the time being. I got out of the car after the test drive and had the biggest grin across my face that just did not want to go away. Love the sound of the exhaust, the clutch was nice and easy (only killed it once and I hadn't driven a manual in probably 2-3 years and not regularly since I was in HS). Needless to say I'm itching to get back in a car with 3 pedals and think the Subaru gets me an awesome balance of performance, safety, function, and all weather capability (kids in the not too distant future)! Not sure if I'll be able to swing new but the WRX Concept was so intriguing I can't wait to see if the production model is anything close to it, either I think I'll be looking at the '11+ models. Love the widebody!
This was a bit of a rambling intro, but I hopefully will be active in this community for the years to come. You guys seem awesome.
And I was going to post a link to the car I drove, but it looks like it has already sold.