Color me VERY DIS A POINT ED.
Now, I have owned a Subaru with the EJ25 Turbo engine, and I like the engine very much.
But this is 2014, model year 2015. The WRX STI came out decades ago, and 11 years ago in the US market, with an EJ turbo engine.
It has been a workhorse, but FA20DIT is supposed to retire it, and improve on it, with direct injection, timing chain, equal-length twin-scroll turbocharging, and generally 21st century tech.
If a brand new STI that has been 3 years in the making since the new impreza platform came out, and WRX and STI were supposed to be more distinct from that...
For WRX STI to look like an Impreza with a wing, and use the same engine it has been using in the past, still with the same horsepower, still with the same 35-40K price tag...
Even if the chassis is a decent drive... other brands have done more in the last 10 years than that. A few more DCCD modes, and torque vectoring that is likely a function of the individual wheel braking feature in the traction control system...
*I expected more.*
They should have just put the updated DCCD gearbox on the WRX, and tuned the FA20DIT for the 296 hp of the JDM Legacy DIT out of 2.0 direct injected liters.
Or they should have built a proper H6 performance engine with significantly more than 300 horsepower. At least EZ-family engines have timing chains rather than belts.
Next Verse, same as the first, Impreza sedan with a wing and an EJ turbo... is something I can get in a USED car for far less than $40K.
I'll wait for a 6MT FA20DIT powered XV Crosstrek... maybe, if that ever happens... Then if it needs a DCCD/Torsen driveline swap... do that.