My Next Car
So I am in the pre-planning stages of picking out what my next car purchase is going to be. Currently I have a 2007 M3 which I will definitely be keeping when it is paid off here shortly to use as a daily driver, but it is time to get something just a bit more exciting for my next vehicle.
Currently I am leaning toward a Subaru WRX STi 5 door. I want something that is still smallish and light, but that I can get pretty well loaded for around 35k or less. I also want something preferably with AWD or RWD since this is going to be the fun car weekend driver and not necessarily the daily driver. I would really prefer a car that handles very well and also accelerates very well.
Unfortunately, at the 35k and under range that does not leave me with a ton of options. I was looking at the new Mustang and new Camaro and the GT versions both have pretty big V8s with over 400 horsepower, but those are good for going in straight lines and not so good for taking hairpin turns at high speed (at least they werent in the past).
Does anyone have any recommendations? I wish they still made the Honda S2000. Even though it was not exactly light, it had a decently high horsepower. I would consider the MX-5 if they reduced the weight by about 500lb or gave it the option of the turbo 2.3L, but right now I just dont like the weight/power ratio on it (being pretty much the only roadster available now for the budget minded buyer). It seems like the direction they are going with that is lighter with a smaller engine, which is going to leave it with essentially the same weight/power ratio.
The recently updated STi has a stiffer suspension, and although it is a hair slower than the WRX due to the 6th gear requiring 1 more shift to reach 60, it seems to have a pretty much bulletproof tranny.