I almost bought the WRX 2012 and ordered it in October. I went with my younger brother to see if we can cut a deal on 2 cars. After leaving the dealership and deciding to try another Subaru dealership, my mother found out... she was cool with the younger one buying a new car, but not me (30 yrs old, married, and still living in a co-op). She persuaded me to look into a house down the street and lo and behold I bought that house just a few weeks ago... instead of the car.
Well, I'm jealous (sounds girlie, but I am)... my little brother bought the car in the color I wanted, and exactly how I wanted it. His car... ROCKS!!
In the summer of 2008 I looked for a WRX, for the older (~2006) model b/c that was my favorite. Now, I've taken a liking for the new design.
After my brother put in a good chunk of change into straight pipes, intake, boost gauges (he did it all himself) - and he had the boost adjusted at a shop. The difference was substantial.
His car as just as fast, if not faster than the STi... of course the STi has better suspension, brakes, etc, but his WRX really man handles the road. It sounds awesome, looks awesome, performs awesome.
The STi is the car I've always wanted, but if I'm to buy a car again, I think I will do what my brother did... since I'd have the car as my daily car and wouldn't want a suspension too tight likt the STi anyway. 2 of my buddies let me ride their STis a few years back and I remember it being uncomfortable if we had to take a long ride (speed limit) anywhere... too stiff for a daily car.