IW STi Forum banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
87 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I talked to a Phoenix area Subaru dealer this weekend, and one of the gentleman there had some information that was new to me. Hopefully it will be new to you as well.

He has been told that the allocation of STi's in the U.S. will be from 1500 to 1700.

Allocations will be based on overall sales. An average size subaru dealership can expect to receive 6 or 7 STi's. (apparently there are 240 or so Subaru dealers in the U.S.)This particular dealership is expecting to get around 13.

They have a waiting list going. $500 in cash to get on the list. This is refundable and entitles you to right of first refusal. So far there are 2 people on the waiting list.

He said they expect to sell the cars at MSRP, no more and no less. According to him, while subaru doesn't forbid it's dealers from selling over MSRP, it is "frowned upon" and could affect future allocations.

He also let me know that there is an outfit here in Phoenix called AV motorsports that is doing "conversion" jobs on regular WRX's so that they look and perform like STi's. Apparently they import the parts from Australia. They had one WRX that had been "converted" there on the lot. The car looked EXACTLY like the pictures I've seen of the UK STi, including the STi badges, wheels, etc. The dealer said that the converted cars are generating around 280 bhp. I contacted AV motorsports, they said the parts to do the conversion are $2500, $3500 for parts and installation. They claim the only major difference between the "converted" car and a real Australian STi is that it doesn't have the 6 speed transmission or the STi seats. Horsepower, torque, and handling are supposed to be virtually identical.

To me this seems to lend credibility to the idea that the STi will sell for 4 to 5 thousand dollars over the price of a base model. Meaning it should come in just under $30,000.

I hope you all found this as intersting as I have. Thanks to everyone else who has posted rumors and information.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
159 Posts
I would assume for only 2500 it doesnt have the brembo brakes? Does this company have a website. Im cureous what they do to the cars.

Glen

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: thermite on 2002-02-18 17:17 ]</font>
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,802 Posts
The Brembo brakes alone could cost the price of that upgrade. I also doubt for the price you will get the bigger turbo and bigger IC with the water sprayer. I also doubt you will get the front and rear LSDs. What about the forged pistons or the AVCS. You can make a WRX have the hp of an STi but it still wont be an STi.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
866 Posts
I'm sure that price also doesn't include the strengthened engine block and con rods, forged pistons, sodium filled exhaust valves, hollow intake valves and of course the AVCS, everything that turns a WRX into a WRX STi. IMHO

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: alfredob1 on 2002-02-19 00:16 ]</font>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
87 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
My understanding from the short conversation that I had was that the conversion was designed to make the car "look" like an STi, as well as increasing the horsepower and tuning the suspension. They were not implying that this car would be an STi, only that it would look and perform ~similarly~ apart from the seats and transmission. Given that I haven't driven the car with these modifications done to it, I'm taking all of that with a grain of salt.

They apparently do have a website:

http://www.avsport.net/
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,802 Posts
Well that is even worse. I have a big problem with people that put badges and stuff on their car to make it look like something it is not. That is the worse form of "rice" I know of. Making a WRX perform better is one thing but making it look like something it is not is another. They might as well throw some type-r stickers on it while they are at it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
866 Posts
All show no go.

I thought there were 600+ Subie dealers in the US.

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: alfredob1 on 2002-02-19 00:39 ]</font>
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top