What did you think of a Porsche-riding husband riding a Subaru WRX STI?

Subaru WRX STI
MT (manual) ride

The other day,I got on the Subaru WRX STI for blog readersI wrote an article, but this time my husband wrote his impressions. Please have a look if you like.

Memories of the first Subaru Impreza

It's been years since I've been on the STI. When I was young, I used to ride my friend's Impreza. Certainly that isWasn't it the first Impreza 2-door WRX typeR STI Version?I think.

When I was a member of society, I quit my job early on Friday night, and every week I went to the ski resort in Gifu, skipping highways and snowy roads with my friends. The Impreza STI was just a fast machine to the ski slopes.

Subaru Impreza STI

Photographs of that time. I used to go skiing with this car.

I still remember the excitement when I first got on.280ps turbo engine accelerates strongly with low geared gear ratioTaught me. Despite cruising in 5th speed, overtaking at high speed, agile acceleration feeling that you almost hit the car in front, overwhelming enough to make you think that you can turn any highway curve at 180km / h with a margin Stability.

I still vividly remember how fast and comfortable the car was.

Along the way, a friend put a reinforced clutch and a muffler with a vulgar sound in an aftermarket lowdown suspension, which made the car out of balance, the worst ride and a very unwieldy car, but until then I really like it. It was a car with memories.

Subaru WRX STI test drive

Right now, the latest STI is in front of me. It's the Subaru WRX STI nearly 20 years after that.


The traditional EJ20 engine is an engine that uses port injection, which is no longer a rare direct injection engine.Squeeze 308ps and 43kgf ・ m from the horizontally opposed 4 cylinders.Moreover, the maximum output is 6400 rpm and the maximum torque generation speed is 4400 rpm, which is a high rotation type that is hard to see in modern turbo engines.

The inside of the car covered with Recaro seats is very comfortable to sit on.It wraps your body moistly and makes it easy to take the correct driving position.

Subaru WRX STI shift knob

Operate the shift to put it in 1st gear. The stroke is a little long, and it is not the type that gets rich. If anything, it has a slightly squeaky feel, and it feels more like a normal manual car than a high-performance sports car.

The clutch is not so heavy, it feels surprisingly easyIt is. However, the connecting points are a little narrow and I feel that it is a little in front, but I soon got used to it and was able to start running without any discomfort.

Subaru WRX STI instrument panel

The first impression is that the impression of starting to run is "light".The expression "light" has various meanings, but in this case, I do not feel the body's tightness or ground contact, which is typical of high-performance sports cars, and it is more like riding in a normal car. I felt that the car was moving forward with ease and ease.

My memory is ambiguous,Compared to the original STI, it has become a much more friendly car.While thinking, try turning the curve slowly. If you operate the steering at a speed that makes it flow lightly, it will change the direction of the nose fairly quickly.

"Oh yeah, this is STIWhile thinking, I get used to the feeling of the engine and the feeling of shifting.

Subaru WRX STI muffler

The engine isThose who have a low low-speed torque and a relatively quiet soundIt is. Compared to the same 2-liter horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder 718 Cayman, it feels very quiet overall.

When I turn the engine a little more, the power comes out as it is from around the middle rev range. Thick torque springs up and the car body accelerates at once.Even if the revs increase, I don't feel the drop in power that is typical of turbo engines.As expected, it is a high-speed engine.

It's 308ps, so it's not a violent acceleration, but it's fairly fast.

When accelerating, it feels like the ground contact disappears for a moment, but I wonder if control will come in soon after that, I will firmly grasp the road surface and accelerate. Step on the brake just before the corner.The brake has a slightly longer stroke and does not require much pedaling force.It's not that it's not effective, but it's a little difficult to adjust the speed because I'm not used to it.

Honestly, there is a difference in brake rigidity and controllability compared to 718 and so on.

Subaru WRX STI wheels

To shift down, you can easily adjust the number of revolutions by simply pushing the accelerator lightly and engaging the clutch. Some cars may feel shocked if the revs do not match exactly, but this car doesn't seem to need to be so nervous.

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  1. Nak

    Hello Mina,

    I gave up the WRX-Sti by replacing it with GT4, so just a little.

    I don't think the current WRX-Sti is a rally specification because it is a Nürburgring specification (^^;
    The WRC homologation model is the last GRB I had, and then the machine to beat the Nürburgring 24H.
    For your reference.

    I haven't tried it because I'm not interested in the recent Imp, but it seems that the specifications are different from the rally machine.
    In what mode did you run?
    I think that S (Sports) mode is most suitable in the city.

    Regarding the behavior of the car, the front-rear torque distribution automatically changes from F30-R70 to F50-R50, so I think that you probably felt a sense of discomfort in that area.
    Personally, even if I open the accelerator wide, it will follow and grab the road surface, so I think it is a good function.
    With FR, the front pulls even when the limit is reached, and usually it also runs like FR, so I think it is interesting.

    However, if full torque is applied at high rpm, it may be lightly diff-locked by sudden switching (^^;

    • MinaMina

      Hello. Thank you very much!
      Thank you for telling me various things.
      Due to the schedule, I didn't have a long time to test drive, so I wondered if I could have experienced it if I could drive on more various roads.
      I want to ride again someday!