The Man Sedan (part Austin)

Subaru WRX STI

So I was reading Allen’s post on “manly sedans” and the same thought kept popping into my mind, “Why are sedans so UNmanly?”I am a man and I think that sedans are great cars simply because they are more functional than a coupe. They can hold friends or family members, they are good for hauling stuff, and with a little creativity and sometimes help from a nice manufacturer, you can have LOADS of fun in them.

I personally drive a 1997 Nissan Sentra. It is not a good sedan. It has 1.6 liters of dull permeating its bright green exterior. It is not a fun drive. While it is reliable, Allen was writing about was the funnest, most entertaining sedans, and its a hard sell. Generally speaking sedans are sold for their function, or their class, but not so much for their character.

If I were to choose a great driving sedan, I think I would look to the obvious…

Subaru WRX STI

Subaru WRX STI

While the BMW M5 is a great and awesome sedan, it also ranges somewhere amongst the completely unattainable and massive overkill. The price is such that it is rather exclusive. The STI, however, is a drivers car for the whole family. At an entry price of right around $35,000 (before bells and whistles and obviously delivery) it is a rather affordable monster.

Looks:
Aggressively positioned with widened fenders and, what is quickly becoming and industry standard, massive haunches makesthe STI look like it is ready to pounce. It has a massive (though smaller than before) front hood scoop and a very stylish and functional rear wing. I am still getting used to the looks of the new STI, and it took a while but I REALLY liked the styling of the last generation STI with the dual spoilers. What I love about the styling of the STI is that while it looks “ricerey” (thats an Allen word) it is all about the function.

Power:
You can have all of the style in the world but if it doesn’t have anything under the hood then who really cares. The 2008 WRX STI has 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque coming out of a 2.5 liter turbocharged boxer engine. This would be totally normal for a $35k car except that this car is ready to perform. It is not just about speed, it isn’t about the fact that the 0-62mph time is less than 5 seconds. It is all about the way this car can handle.

Handling:
The STI comes with Subaru’s fantastic all-wheel-drive system which is hands down one of the best on the planet. This is what makes sure that all of you massive tires stick to the road as often as possible. The car also comes with an adjustable center differential to give you the power you want where you want it. For this I will refer to Allen’s preference for 90% RWD.

Overall I think this makes for one of the best sedans on the road. It is not exactly big for hauling. It is still a quite compact car, but it does have back seats and the ability to anchor a child’s seat to the back making it a nice enthusiast car for driving through the canyons or just looking good on the highway.

3 comments ↓

#1 Allen on 11.26.07 at 3:37 pm

90% RWD is right. Life’s better sideways!

#2 Vance on 11.27.07 at 8:48 am

My sedan has just as much personality as any other car on the road. I LOVE driving it. Its a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. Apart from having 4 doors, its cold air intake, catback exhaust and supercharged V6 with an aftermarket stage 1 pulley make it one fun ride.

#3 Austin on 11.28.07 at 9:50 pm

Your car sounds like a fun car to drive. Why don’t you bring it by and we’ll do an interview and test of it?

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