As for the looks, I showed my wife. She hates cars, especially if I am thinking about buying one. I showed her the outgoing model - she frowned. I showed her the new red one and she actually said it looked good. Not because of the colour (I asked), she's not dumb she actually liked the car. Let me get this straight - she hates cars, but she likes the new WRX. She did not flinch when I said I might buy one. HELLO!