I currently drive a 2014 STI hatchback. It makes a lot of sense for me, living in Upstate NY. Watching my 2016 GT w/PP sit all Winter long, sucked. And was a big reason I sold it to buy a Subaru. But I do miss my Mustang. In LV, there's absolutely no reason to go STI over S550.
You can't add the magna-ride, even with the PP selection, without adding 301A for $3700. Can't add the active exhaust without adding 301A for $2900.
So much for a Base GT w/PP, active exhaust and magna-ride.
No bump in power for the 2018 STI/WRX. Confirmed. They will get 6 pot Brembo's, Recaro's, and an electronically controlled diff.
I agree the Subaru crowd is a pretty laid back crowd overall, but there are the younger generation and the hardparkers that give them a bad rep(vape anyone?)
They're seeing record sales, I'm sure they don't care too much.
I agree the STI could use a 2.5 FA, forged internals and about 400hp to be competitive with the domestics again.
They could offer XT(turbo) models of cars like the Crosstrek and BRZ and they'd sell like hotcakes.
I've owned 3 STI's, and have test driven WRX's, including the newest one. The WRX is not even close to the STI in terms of confidence and ability stock vs stock.
The STI on a back road will hang with the S550, it's not a straight line terror sort of car. The AWD will give you amazing...
Are you sure you have the wider 9.5 in the rear and not the front? Just making sure you know that the fronts are 9in wide, and the rears are 9.5. The 9.5's won't clear without spacers up front, but they should be in the rear if you have a complete OEM set.
Check the inside of the wheel...
I lived in CO for 10 years. THIS is what you need to do.
Get some aftermarket wheels that are wider and lighter than your stock PP wheels, and buy some dedicated snows to drive on late-Oct through Mar in CO.
I'd get an 11-14 STI hatch in white if I could find a low-mileage, stock version. Otherwise, I'm likely to get a white 2017 STI sedan. With some changes in my life, the RWD, lowered v8 isn't as useful.