Fast Four #9
Two flavors of all-wheel-drive quickness charge out of the Subie stable for 2010, enhanced by a new Premium trim that includes a moonroof and an All-Weather Package. Subaru's signature 2.5-liter turbocharged "boxer" four makes 265-horsepower in the WRX sedan and hatch and 305 ponies in the five-door-only STI. The latter swaps the WRX's five-speed manual gearbox for a dedicated six-speed and adds driver-selectable powertrain and dynamic handling controls plus bulgier body bits that directly recall its predecessor's glory days in the World Rally Championship. The news gets even better for the 2011 model year. While powertrains carry over, suspension retunes further sharpen the corner-carving prowess of both. Visually, the 2011 WRX gets the STI's wide-body look and the primo STI will reintroduce a big-winged sedan model last seen in 2008. Sometimes, patience really can be a virtue.