Hello! I just got a new 2013 WRX sedan yesterday (plasma blue pearl). I drove an hour to a dealership to test drive the Subaru BRZ, but I wasn't real impressed with the power. Pretty much was considering 3 cars- BRZ/FR-S, WRX, or a used RX-8, but my wife kinda won out here by pointing out that I'd get 4 doors and a lot more power going with the WRX. It also didn't hurt that I got the car below dealer invoice, significantly cheaper than the BRZ would have been. I've always loved the WRX and STI look, and the handling is different than anything that I've experienced before since it's always-on AWD.
Also, this is my first manual transmission car. In fact, I essentially learned to drive stick yesterday on it... not the easiest car to learn on, but I'm getting smoother pulling away from lights, and starting on hills. Wife thought I was crazy for buying a car that I could barely drive off of the lot, but hey I'm up for a challenge!
Anyway, I look forward to reading these boards. Seems like a real passionate community online for the WRX and STI