reasonable question, in theory it makes plenty of sense but in reality i've noticed it hasnt really worked...???
eg. i know 2 close friends who both own version 5 and version 6 sti's. none of my other friends with decent bolt on gear in wrx's can go near them??? they are just damn quick straight out of the box!
I think alot of this has got to do with gearing! the STi with shorter gears will pull away really easy compared to the modified WRX with its longer gears...I even have an MPG to show you this. A jap spec STi versus a heavily modified WRX with standard WRX running gear.
The new age STi also has some pretty nice bits on it from standard - brembo's, front LSD, forged pistons, different gear ratios, larger bonnet scoop, larger top mount intercooler, waterspray, free flowing exhaust, remapped ecu & bigger turbo...(Oz Spec stuff - not sure about US Spec) i think the comparison has been made here in Oz already and the argument for the STi is very strong. To put the same bits on a WRX would cost the same if not slightly dearer than buying an STi from stock.
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