The WRX chassis is stiffer. Something like 80% or 180%... one of those two numbers.^^^^ im just curious, how is the WRX chassis better then the RS's? +1 on insurance being expensive with the WRX. ALOT of used wrx's have been beaten on/modded. so i would be careful buying one. if you want instant gratification, get the WRX. but if you want a sexy looking car get a 2 door rs . more aftermarket support with the WRX over the RS IMO.
some suspension mods can be using on both cars. like the RSB's are the same. the RS is lighter than the WRX too.
the chassis is better because it is stiffer and more rigid. But yeah, insurance can be expensive but if you are 25 or over and have a clean record, then it isnt bad at all. I am paying about 150 bucks every 3 months. But yeah the aftermarket supports favors the WRX heavily. Plus, if you want to mod, you can get lots more out of the WRX motor for equal or less than what you would put in the RS, power wise(and you still wouldnt get a whole lot of power out of the RS motor). I will be a protuned Stage 2(which is about stock STi power level) probably at the end of this month and will have spent probably no more than 650 bucks. If you buy new parts for the RS(or even used) such as catback, headers, grounding kit, intake, pullies, cams, you will spend no doubt a good bit more than 650 and not get anywhere near the same power increase.^^^^ im just curious, how is the WRX chassis better then the RS's? +1 on insurance being expensive with the WRX. ALOT of used wrx's have been beaten on/modded. so i would be careful buying one. if you want instant gratification, get the WRX. but if you want a sexy looking car get a 2 door rs . more aftermarket support with the WRX over the RS IMO.
I'm under 25 and have a terrible driving record thanks to some spirited snow driving in the '98 Legacy GT I had, and a non-at fault accident that went 50% after the girl who I hit's father got involved (he's a police officer).
having owned both I can say the WRX is a superior car performance wise. The RS just looks better. Off a dig it is a bit faster, but not enough to where a WRX couldnt quickly overtake it. But also, I am confused on teh last part where you say it eats more gas and handles better in stock form? Are you saying the WRX eats more gas and handles worse, or vice versa? Regardless, like I said earlier, I get better mileage in my WRX. Also, the WRX in stock form handles better than the RS in stock form.why dont' you get a cheap L and then swap it? it will cost you just as much as 2.5rs also 2.5rs is better then wrx. off a dig its faster and eats more gas because close gear ratios and it handles better in stock form.
even though the WRX is a bit heavier, with a stiffer chassis, not to mention beefier front and rear sway bars, IT IS a better handling car.everything about the wrx is nicer but it probably doesnt handle as sharply. ive never driven in a gm/gc RS but for daily driving i would pick a GD (02+ impreza) over any older L. The RS and L are crusty compared to the gd IMO.
I also have a quick question, thats sort or relevant to this.. If i bought an Old L model, or 2.5rs, and swapped out the engine, would that affect insurance rates? does that count as a "mod" that i would have to declare???