That car is incredible. I mean all performance. This is a buddies car of mine. He just got it about 2 weeks ago, and finally let me drive it yesterday. It makes you wonder why it took the US so damn long, to bring over the STI and the EVO. I drove the EVO already and to compare it to the STI..... I cant. Granted the EVO is great, and I had fun driving that car, but it just doesnt have what the STi does. The potential, and that increase in horsepower. This car is just a great performer. Pros The STi has a very responsive steering. The boxer engine sounds great, but i love the sound of the turbo even more so. The Brembo brakes will stop you on a fucking dime. And they better with 300hp surging though this car. Another plus about this car is the fact that you have a radio deleteoption. Thats right, if your car offers this as an option than you know your car is a performer. The light weight BBS gold rims are nice as well. Can't have a STI without the signature gold wheels. Close-ratio 6spd is nice as well. But i would perfer a taller second gear. Oh yeah the I/C mister is a nice touch as well. Oh yeah the other great thing is it out performs any other car in its range. And the cobra is not the same price unless you add in the dealer markup for this car. And still if you do, after driving the blown Cobra and this car, i would take the STi, just cause i can drive this car on the gravel, street, and oh yeah the most important thing is that i hate mustangs[el] Besides that, this car has tons of potential. Im not familiar if you can mess with the boost or not. But im positive you can get 600hp easy on a stock block. This car is going to be nasty once the aftermarket takes off. With a good driver, and a great launch, maybe some weight reduction, should break 12's stock. I know a BPU STi will easily run mid to low 12s. Cons No seriously the biggest complaints about the car is that fucking wing.....got i hate it im sorry, i would ditch it with a passion if i had this car. Umm, the seats are pretty nice, but not that great. Only one color for the STi. Also, 300 are being produced a month. So low quantities are going to cause for dealer markup. Conclusion If you have 30g's, to dish out for a great performer, this car is definitely what you should be including in your decision making. Oh yeah, you cant...repeat CAN'T test drive this car. So all these ppl well i should say 99.9% of the ppl buying this car never took it for a test drive. Crazy i know, but it happened with the SRT4 and Mazdaspeed when they both came out, and still is in some areas.