Re: WRX Group Buy (Newwaveboy)
Having test driven the WRX twice and the Impreza 2.5RS once, I've been duly impressed with Subaru. The WRX has loads of power, a nice clean + comfortable design, and handles great.
When it comes to turbo lag, it honestly had very little. More than the Beetle, but then again, the turbo in the WRX is pumping out 15+ pounds boost as opposed to the 1.8T's 3-5. (Correct me on this if I'm wrong, but I believe those are the apx. numbers). On the low end with the rpms, below 3000, there's not a lot of torque to be had, obviously...but this is the case with the 1.8T as well.
In my personal experience, a lot of people that complain about turbo lag simply don't know how to drive a turbocharged car properly, keeping it in the power band. You can't expect a small-displacement engine to produce suitablely torquey power at beneath 3000 RPMs most of the time, no matter what your boost level is.
The AWD on the car is bloody awesome in combination with the 227 hp horizontally opposed four banger. I got to take the car out with a salesman that let me beat the car hard, including taking it for a fast spin down and then up a nearby windy mountain road. Both the WRX wagon and sedan handled tremendously better than my 1.8T NB.
In an AWD vs. FWD, it's no contest when it comes to cornering stability and performance. The Beetle's so-so OEM suspension combined with the limitations of FWD simply handicap it too much.
If there were a 4-Motion, 200-230 hp Beetle, I think the WRX would have some decent competition, but compared the my car, the WRX was pretty amazing.
Anyway, that was my personal experience. I'm pondering whether it's worth it to sell my beetle and pick up a WRX. I'm not a sell-out yet, hehe
Oh, and for the record, NewWaveBoy, yellow WRXs were a limited edition -- only 2 were sold from each dealer in the entire U.S. In that sense, I doubt you've been seeing as many yellow WRXs as you think