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First off, I'm a newbie here and it looks like you guys are just as excited to get the new STi as I am. Great site.

I'm' planning on driving this thing everyday and am getting one with the automatic tranny. I hear that the STi will rev each gear as if it was manual? This true?

On the weekends I slam the gears in my '79 Trans Am, 455 HO, 4-spd.

Thanks for your input.
 

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I don't believe that the STi has an option of automatic, only 6 speed manual. I would say to wait for next years model, but to my knowledge, the STi has never had an automatic, and I doubt Subaru will ever do so.

Although it would be expensive, I would like to convert the transmission to a paddle shift setup, similar to the WRC car. That would be a major rework, though, and I will probably never be able to afford such a thing.
 

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No (EDIT) *auto* in the STi..never has, never will be.

And yeah.....a sequential tranny would be way over any private owners head. Thousands and thousands......
 

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CloNeGTS said:
No manual in the STi..never has, never will be.
I'll go ahead and assume you meant "no automatic in the STi". :)

Automatics don't belong anywhere near this car. The next step up would be a true clutchless sequential like the MR2 or the M3 SMG, or sportbikes. It's a $1,000 option in the MR2, $2,400 in the M3. So they're not completely out of reach, if they would just develop one and offer it. I read some rumors a while back about a possible collaboration with Prodrive to develop one for the street.

Was there ever any confirmation of the "Sport Shift" slush-boxes being available on the '04 WRX? Maybe that's what RexMan's thinking about.
 

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...for that "warm" welcome chawklit. :roll:


Sorry guys, must've been reading about the WRX and not the STi.

BTW, in drag racing, nothing beats an automatic. No worries about missing of gears and riding of the clutch means hauling ass with no hesitation.

That Jericho-type tranny you guys were talking about sounds good to me.
 

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BTW, in drag racing, nothing beats an automatic. No worries about missing of gears and riding of the clutch means hauling ass with no hesitation.
If that is all that you are looking to do than I think you are looking at the wrong car. There is more to life than just going in a straight line. :wink:
 

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I wasn't welcoming you! :D
I was just perplexed to where you'd gotten that information. I assumed you probably got it from an internet site while you were researching and I was wondering what site it was that gave you such faulty information.
 

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...my bad about snapping back at you chawklit! :lol: I think I misread the information in this month's Sports Compact Car. They were probably talking about the regular WRX in the STi article to compare specfications of the two.


Supra, very true, but since I plan on driving this thing everyday, I was hoping they might've had an auto. tranny. I mentioned drag racing as the most obvious reason to choose auto over manual. I agree...there's nothing like a road course. I look forward to seeing how much of an improvement the car manufacturers have had in 20 years. Believe it or not, my T/A handles great for a 24 year old machine. I imagine, and hope, the handling difference is like night and day.

All, be forwarned that I may spout off some pretty stupid stuff since I'm just getting into the 4-banger subject as I have been a diehard V8 fan for years. The 4-bangers have sure come a long way, that's for sure.
 

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That's cool, I understand. I misread things all the time too.
I was worried there was an internet site spewing forth false info on the sti. Because above all, at least we can maintain the integrety of information on our beloved Subaru on the internet, no?

BTW, welcome to the boards! :p
 

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I'm just getting into the 4-banger subject as I have been a diehard V8 fan for years. The 4-bangers have sure come a long way, that's for sure.
Neat a convert. Well welcome to the 4-banger world. You can now get rid of that mullet and put the techno on. :p

Welcome to the board too.
 

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It really depends what you are wanting to do with the car.

For quarters, the auto is better. No clutch/drivetrain stress issues. No misshifts. The additional loss of the tranny is usually overcome by the high power applications.

Now for rally/circuit/other racing, manual is obviously the choice. You tell the engine to stay in boost when you need it. Quarters...you'll be in boost the whole time once you get there.
 

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Manual is preffered but a serial manual like the SMG in the BMW M3 would do fine. The price is more than $2k though (in the BMW).

Cheers

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Now for rally/circuit/other racing, manual is obviously the choice. You tell the engine to stay in boost when you need it. Quarters...you'll be in boost the whole time once you get there.
Also don't forget the benefit of using the throttle to turn, and other things you can't do with a torque converter.

Now with an automatic you don't have to worry about turbo lag while shifting since the throttle is constant. This is another reason why automatics are good for drag.
 

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RexMan, if u really want STI in auto, just do what I did to my 02 wrx wagon "auto", dumped in a JDM V7 STI engine....then u'll have a STI "auto".......I've been driving it for 4 months now, no complain at all, I really love it :D :lol: :p

 

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*in a harshly slurred accent*

Warranty????? I don't need no Stinking Warranty!!!
 
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