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Old 07-19-09, 05:44 PM   #1
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OK, so I just raced a friend of mine's SPT 09 WRX. This is the "special edition" of the 2009 WRX with the SPT catback, making 275hp and 250lb/ft tq at the crank. We "raced" from 60mph and 70mph just to see what would happen. This was against my Stage 1 CobbAP 2008 STI. Every time I could not pull a single car on him! In fact, I'm pretty darn sure he pulled on me slightly every time. So what's going on here? SPT 09 WRX vs Stage 1 STI and the WRX is faster?

Hmmm. Just goes to show how potent that 09 WRX really is. I was truly blown away. I will reiterate: I could NOT pull on him, and his car just feels faster when riding as a passenger (perhaps the longer gearing makes it feel that way, as well as the not being in control).

I feel like on a track day, the STI would be better because of its more even power band and "always ready" power, but for the street, that 09 is just a demon! I'm going CobbAP Stage 2 next weekend, so I wonder if that will help?

Food for thought, anyway... Yes, many will complain about it being a highway run and from a dead stop it might be a different story. But it is what it is. He wins. 09 WRX FTW! 08 STI FTL.

All thoughts/comments welcome.

My thoughts are longer gearing, and the WRX sedan weighs 221lbs less than the STI....


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Old 07-19-09, 06:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: Just raced a buddy's SPT 2009 WRX and lost.

Thats pretty sad and surprising.
What gear were you in? Were you running to redline?
Even if it is "faster" who gives a $hit... I bought my STi for less than an 09 WRX...

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Old 07-19-09, 06:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: Just raced a buddy's SPT 2009 WRX and lost.

wow very surprising and disappointing. stg2 would def help.
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Old 07-19-09, 06:24 PM   #4
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Default Re: Just raced a buddy's SPT 2009 WRX and lost.

Bleh, if it takes a stage 2 STI to do a highway pull, imagine what a stage 2 WRX would be doing. I still think the fender flares alone are worth the price of the STi Plus the brembo's are pure sex to me!
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Old 07-19-09, 06:24 PM   #5
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Default Re: Just raced a buddy's SPT 2009 WRX and lost.

Well people can defend the 08 STI all they want. The truth is the 09 WRX weighs less and requires less shifting! I believe I was in 3rd gear for 60mph run (remember you can't hit 60mph in 2nd without hurting the car) and still 3rd for the 70mph run. I'm not trying to start any fights here. I know how to drive my car, - but the fact is he moved ahead pretty much every time we set off, before I even got to change gear!
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Old 07-19-09, 06:33 PM   #6
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Default Re: Just raced a buddy's SPT 2009 WRX and lost.

Thats just unacceptable. Time to up the power...stage 2 protune ftw!
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Default Re: Just raced a buddy's SPT 2009 WRX and lost.

That sucks man. Are you sure he didn't have any "hidden" mods you didn't know about? Was he brake boosting? Were you? Maybe you should have started in 4th? I'm pretty sure I would have. Is your car tuned? Have you done any logs? No way that race should go down like that.
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Old 07-19-09, 06:35 PM   #8
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Default Re: Just raced a buddy's SPT 2009 WRX and lost.

I was more a fan of the 5spd in my LGT than the 6spd in my Spec B. Just seemed to pull harder, and they're the same thing power wise.
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Default Re: Just raced a buddy's SPT 2009 WRX and lost.

gearing, weighs less, broader power band. My son's 09 wrx (stock) is as quick as my 08 sti. His car w/ cobb AP stg 1 is much quicker. STI handles a bit better out of the box but not by much (except at the limit where the STI clearly has the advantage).

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Default Re: Just raced a buddy's SPT 2009 WRX and lost.

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That sucks man. Are you sure he didn't have any "hidden" mods you didn't know about? Was he brake boosting? Were you? Maybe you should have started in 4th? I'm pretty sure I would have. Is your car tuned? Have you done any logs? No way that race should go down like that.
why does it suck?
would you really rather be driving an 09 wrx sedan?
i think its cool they bumped up the power on the wrx.
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