Monday, April 7, 2014

WRXy Time!

Tuesday morning I'll be headed up to Minnesota to stay the night.  It'll be tough catching some "Z"s knowing the next day I'll be behind the wheel of the new 2015 WRX and WRX STI.  I've been looking forward to finally driving this car for quite awhile now.  Beyond the design, the colors, the options, at the core of this car is how it DRIVES.  You can read every review, watch every video, and scour every spec, but until you drive a car that is meant to be driven... it's tough to know exactly what it's like.

It's not just the changes from 2014-2015 that I'm looking forward to.  I know there have been improvements in the car to handle better, be tighter, and stay flatter.  Initially, the difference between the current model and the new one will be what gets my blood pumping.  What I'm really interested in is getting a feel for how these cars are different.  There's more separating the WRX and WRX STI than there have been previously and I get the feeling that, while they'll both be fun to drive, they'll have more defined characteristics that will make each a desirable car.  It'll be more than "Well do you want a WRX or do you want the better one?", which is kind of the impression many fans had before.  Cost-difference aside, the WRX may well be the star of the two with it's new engine at the core.

The WRX STI's main focus will be it's suspension.  It's a tried-and-true EJ series motor under the hood that's been transplanted into a stiffer body with improved suspension and a new gearbox.  The WRX's main focus will be it's new engine and transmission.  While there's more "new" going on with the WRX, there's still more power and performance going on with the WRX STI.  And those differences will draw a line that had previously been blurred by similarities.

It's finally time to stop analyzing the information out there, sifting through the "It looks like an EVO" comments, and debating the unknown.  Now's the time to drive it!  I'll see you on the other side*, folks!

* Wednesday Evening

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