In this latest 2015 STI review, the STI is pitted against European metal: the 2015 BMW M235i and the 2015 Mercedes CLA45 AMG. The STI fares very well, considering it was out-powered and that these cars were MUCH more expensive than it.
Note that the base price for a 2015 STI Launch Edition is $38,190. Non-Launch-Editions will not be as much (for those people thinking that $38K is a lot…it is, but doesn’t apply to the rest of the line-up).
It was a pleasant surprise to see that the STI outran the other two on the road course (Streets of Willow). Within the articles comments section, several people proclaim that the win margin was slim. That may be, but IMO, the other cars should’ve been very much ahead in that contest, but they weren’t…BMW and Mercedes should be embarrassed. Now, we all know that the M235i isn’t really an M2, but the M235i still had the STI outright beaten in sheer HP/torque and apparently it handles like a dream, too.
This was a good read, especially since I hate Jonny Lieberman. Thank goodness Jonny tested and someone else wrote the article (Nate Martinez).
Now, if they only post some video footage of the testing…