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06-07-2011, 12:02 PM
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Winged Wonder Offers Performance, But Does It Deliver Value?

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During our weeklong stint with the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI (http://autoblog.com/model/wrx+sti), many friends asked an all-too-obvious question: "How does it compare to the Mitsubishi Evolution (http://autoblog.com/model/lancer+evolution)?" A fair query, as the STI vs. Evo debate is something that we've pondered ever since Subaru (http://autoblog.com/make/subaru) launched its street-legal rally car in the United States back in 2004.

But then a most astute car enthusiast friend asked something that continues to trigger moments of contemplation: "Wouldn't you just rather buy a standard WRX (http://autoblog.com/model/wrx)?"

See, ever since the WRX's major overhaul in 2009 (yes, we know the redesign happened in 2008, but the big boost in power and added suspension tuning didn't come until one year later), the STI has been sort of a hard sell. To make matters worse, Subaru fitted the WRX with its big brother's widebody pieces for the 2011 model year, giving the mid-grade Impreza model the appearance of a full-on Evo competitor.

So after a week with the top-rung (and top-dollar) STI, does this Subaru still have enough panache and punch to make it worth the premium? Would we really just rather have a WRX?Continue reading 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI (http://www.autoblog.com/2011/06/07/2011-subaru-impreza-wrx-sti-review-road-test/)

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