Yikes. A BMW should never lose to a Subaru at that price point.
Originally Posted by PDX1er
STi is a 30K drivetrain in a 35K rattlebox. No doubt it's a fun ride and the AWD system is legit. But the EJ motor is a overtuned 4 banger with glass pistons. That car is perilously close to its max potential right out if the box. Suby fans can only dream of 30-60 bhp from just a piggyback tune. Plus, you look like like an ass with your gold wheels and park bench on the trunk. The fact that these cars are relatively small and turbo charged is pretty much the only thing they have in common.
Yep. There's a reason that the EJ architecture has not produced more than 300hp safely since 2002. It's maxed out. Lubrication in corners at high RPM is a major problem that only intensifies with these piggyback OTS tunes. My friends and I often buy them with blown rings and flip them. They are very easy to fix and extremely rudimentary and simplistic in design. But they blow up quite often, especially Stage 2's.