according to the subaru area at the latest car show in boston (this past week), we will not see a wrx till 2004, or 2006 at the latest. subaru isn't even sure of the specs, or final delivery date, as they are still testing possible cannibalization of thier other impreza models, including the wrx.
no sti's were there to my dismay (and neither was the EVOVII, which will be a model year '03 release late in 2002.)
the new nsx is SWEET though, and so isn't the m3 convertable.
The STI and EVO Jap spec both have 280 PS/276 HP. The EVO accelerates a little quicker, but the STI is much more agile and maneuverable in the wet specially.
For pics of the STI, do a search right here... I have posted several....
Here´s the deal.
Mitsubishi has the Lancer, and it as far as I know, in most places (not sure about the US) the Lancer is and always has been simply a 1.6 FWD sedan. Besides that since ´92 there have been EVOs, starting with EVO IV they have been 276 HP. Thats about it, not sure about the US market, I think you guys get a 2 liter version now. There have been variations like the Mirage and Carisma, but they are essentially the same.
Since the Impreza was launched around ´92 there have been 1.6, 1.8, and 2.0 versions both in FWD and AWD. The 1.6 AWD versions are currently still available in Europe (in Holland at least... my dad saw one at a store there the other day...). Again the US market got a weird version and came up with the 2.5 RS, based on the Forester engine or so...
STI Imprezas have always been 276 HP AWD, and have been out since ´94 or so with STI v I.
The US market will get a watered down version of the 276 HP STI, but that still will be above the standard WRX. I think the EVO will also get a little watered down when it comes to the States.....
BTW in the UK they have the EVO Extreme version with about 340 HP and significant weight savings..... you can check it out at http://www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk under Ralliart cars.