The best way I can put it is, I always want to see the competition beat on the racetrack...not in the boardroom.
The death of the Viper is also a sad event for Corvette. Losing your closest rival can be just as painful as losing your closest friend (and sometimes, they are one and the same).
As a former owner of a WRX, and current owner of a BRZ, thank you for your insights into the new editions of the STI and BRZ. I hope Jalopnik retains you for all road tests and reviews.
If you love cars from Japan’s bubble era, you’ll love the 86 twins. They are as close to a brand new 90's JDM car you can get. (My tS is being delivered at the end of February.)
In the hierarchy of all things performance with Subaru, tS is a designation that signifies a model has been slightly upgraded compared to the standard model. It essentially means that a car has been “Tuned by STI”, hence the letters. I guess “TSTI” is too complicated. Anyway, next up would be a full-fledged STI…
Hey, whatever you do to be able to afford a Type RA is your own business.
Holy crap man, I feel like I wrote this review myself. I haven’t driven a tS but I am a former BRZ-L owner and have the same complaints you do. Subaru continually improves the handling of this car, but nobody ever had a problem with the handling in the first place! This car has always been a great handling car.
“I know you’re screaming at your monitor right now wondering how the hell I could possibly give praise to the WRX STI Type RA earlier this week for seemingly the same changes and its own eye-opening price tag.”
Should I feel bad that I read this as “brown eye-opening price tag”?
Impressive time, I’d love to lap one back to back with my old STI. Thanks for the reply!
It’s not a joke; he just used the wrong word, probably because he was thinking about using it later in the same sentence. Or he meant to say “row through” and sort of merged “row” and “through” into “throw.” Either way, “run throw” makes no sense.
The STi gearbox is pretty robust, so this joke doesn’t work, sorry.
Wow, it’s only Monday and you’ve already said the dumbest thing of the week.
Uh, why would you arbitrarily choose the wrong track layout? Grand West, used for every comparison ever. 4.2 miles, new Ford GT ran a 2:43 recently.
Maybe 1LE would be a better analogy.
I think the meaning has changed depending on when they’ve used it.. Flipping through old Impreza Magazines some Type RAs stood for “race altered”, and as you say they were stripped out models with steel wheels and unpainted bumpers, no AC, roof vent, etc. that were designed for motorsports use and trimmed away the…
Pssst, hey Jeff -
Considering you’re getting forged pistons and a CF roof, it really isn’t that bad price wise. It’s more than I’d pay, but I don’t track my DD.
I mean considering a base STI is like 34k, and the limited is like 42k fully loaded, 50k ain’t far off. And I don’t think this will be worth that much as a collector’s items, it ain’t no 22B. The 22B had way more exclusive stuff that this STI doesn’t have.
The forged pistons is what is worth the money really. It can be modified but then if it still breaks they’ll void the warranty. Putting forged pistons in a regular STI is about 6 grand off the bat I’m guessing.
Starting off with a pony car comparison really puts this in perspective.
Of course, I wouldn’t go beyond Mustang GT money for those either, but I get the point.