So i own a 08 wrx with about $2500 in mods suspension and engine work. I walked in to the dealership with intension of test driving the dealerships new STI. I got the keys and got in and started to see how it performed. Be it i was in town but i felt as though the extra gear was hurting me in terms of horse power and torque the first three gears really don't even give you time to let the turbo run through the spool. I felt as though if i were in a pure rally setting and needed that extra gear to keep the RPMs up it would have been nice but even auto crossing with the new torque curve on the wrx i would rather run my wrx. As far as suspension on my own WRX i have the springs and front and rear sways with after market rubber, I thought the handling was a little sloppy on the STI I drive an 05 STI quite often and that car handles on rails the 08 didn't impress me much. As far as stying yes the wider base is nice and that wide body adds a little more sporty view into the lacking 08 model but for 10-15 thousand dollars more i really believe the STI has finally over priced its own market. I write this in hope to testify my belief that the plain Jane 08 WRX is the true ultimate tuning platform instead of the STI in the sports compact car market.