300 HP for 2008


There are a number of vehicles coming out in 2008 with over 300 HP and under $40,000. What is the best? Well, I’d love to tell you but odds are unless a manufacturer gives a few vehicles to test I won’t be able to give you an honest opinion. I can only list the car and based on specification from the manufacturer and give you a best guess. I’ll try not to let my Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) bias get in the way. With the criteria established – 300 HP – under $40,000 – here I go.

First off I’d like to start with the two rival cars from across the Pacific that everyone has been eyeing, the Mitsubishi EVO X and The Subaru WRX STI. Each are excellent cars but which is better? Unfortunately, the EVO X doesn’t fit the profile. It is 9 HP short of 300 and if I let it into this class of cars I’ll have to let them all in. And next thing you know I’ll be writing on the Chevy Aveo and how it is just shy of 300 HP. Sorry EVO fans, I feel you pain. You should complain to Mitsubishi, it is only 9 extra HP. They only have to turn the boost up which is probably what you EVO guys are going to to anyway. I’m really disappointed I really wanted the EVO in this class. Oh well, back to the STI.

Here’s the Specs for the STI WRX:

305 HP @ 6,000 rpm – 2.5 Liter Inter-cooled Turbo Charged Engine producing 290 FT-LBS of Torque @ 4,000 rpm.

Symmetrical Electrically controlled AWD Drive System

4 Wheel Brembo disc brakes – 13.o inch rotors with 4 piston calipers in the front and 12.6 inch rotors with two piston calipers in the rear

4 Wheel independent sport tuned suspension with inverted struts in the front and double wishbone suspension in the rear

Six speed manual transmission with adjustable center differential and front and rear limited slip differentials

17/23 Miles per Gallon fuel economy

Hatch back design

Windshield Wipers

BBS Alloy Wheels

I think that pretty much sums up the important specs except for one, cost. The price of the 2008 Subaru STI WRX is $34,995 and that is the starting price. Not to shabby if you ask me. But what does that mean when it is applied to the real world?

0-60 MPH: 4.8 seconds

1/4 Mile: 13.3 seconds

Skid Pad: 0.90 Gs

Those are pretty good marks for the STI Impreza. You can have all the fun you want, get the groceries, put your family in the back seat and get decent fuel economy. Maybe Austin’s right, Sedan’s aren’t all bad. But don’t just pick this car cause it meets the criteria there are others…

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