THE RALLY ENTHUSIAST: SUBARU WRX/STI (THIRD-GEN GE, GH, GR, GV)
While our first thought for this category was the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, our as-new-aspossible rule soon tipped things towards the Subaru Impreza WRX. Depreciation has been a far harder mistress to the Subie. Whether this is down to Subaru’s tendency to make some oddlooking cars or not, it sure has helped. Depending on condition (and this varies wildly) anything between 2004 and 2011 can be found in WRX form, with a few STi models popping up for good measure.
While the first of the thirdgeneration WRXs were a bit dull and softly suspended, they were still damn quick. Because of those first two things, they’re cheap now. A set of decent shocks and springs and you would have yourself a road weapon disguised as a granny car. We actually like the idea of that.