Box: WRX STi Has "va-va-voom"

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams

In the interest of balanced reporting, we bring you the following thoughts on the Subaru WRX STi from Terry Box, the Dallas News' erstwhile car critic: "Remember how pudgy and plain your old girlfriend looked at the last high school reunion and then you saw her six months later [and] she was cut-and-buff, a woman suddenly with muscle and attitude and presence. That's the way I view the '08 Subaru WRX STI." Yes folks, the same car Jeremy Clarkson destroyed in The Sunday Times gets a glowing review in the Dallas News. Like Clarkson, Box had problems with the myriad of controls festooning the center console. Unlike Clarkson, "it didn't matter." And so it goes. Box gums the car a bit ("you'll just have to accept that Subaru apparently put most of its money into the engine and suspension, not the dashboard and door panels"), and then gushes all over the poor thing ("around 3,000, the fuse gets lit, and the car rushes to 6,000 rpm so quickly that mere mortals will struggle to shift fast enough to keep up with the motor"). At least Box didn't denigrate those who buy the WRX STI and enjoy driving it. But as you'd expect from a car review where advertising limits editorial freedom, the plain unvarnished truth doesn't get a look in.

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  • Timoted Timoted on Jan 22, 2008

    You would think they could at least give it some Ricky Racer touches like a oversized air opening up front or a couple of grapefruit shooters out the back. I guess they are leaving that for the aftermarket industry to take care of. You would think for a car that has decent performance specs the mfg. would want to distinguish it from the sea of clones.

  • HEATHROI HEATHROI on Jan 22, 2008

    how does even an older sti go like from say 1500rpm up through the gears? it would be kind of embarrassing being overtaken by minivans until the turbo kicked in?

  • Virtual Insanity Virtual Insanity on Jan 22, 2008

    Heathroi: My understanding is that in bone stock form (and good luck finding an STi/I in that form), its a mid thirteen second car. Not going to be overtaken by minivans anytime soon.

  • Guyincognito Guyincognito on Jan 22, 2008

    The world needs more light, awd, hatchback, hoonmobiles. I'm glad to see another entrant in this class.