I thought it was pretty good...
Drove the SRT on Friday.
1- Small but comfortable. Seats are good, offer good lateral support. A little cheap on the inside. Fit and finish is lackluster for a $21K veh.
2- Exterior fit and finish is sub-standard. This is a $10K Neon body. I would be a little concerned about how this car will look in 5 years.
3- Under the hood looks pretty good, although maint. and access to turbo could be troublesome. You can say this about dam near all of the new stuff.
4- Exhaust note on start up is very nice! The duel exhaust, I was told, has no mufflers from the cat back. That is what the salesman told me. He was not a very techy guy, but a very nice guy. The exhaust note, at speed, is very nice but almost too quiet. This is a matter of taste, I love engine and exhaust noise. Comes from Many years of British car ownership.
5- Engine response is very civilized, and low end is much better than our opposed 4's. Mid range accel. is VERY GOOD, and I think you may want to give this veh. a wide berth, unless you have a few mods. I dont think its a great deal faster (straight line) than the WRX, but you will need 3K RPM before you try this guy or gal on. At launch, from standing start, I think you will get him, but mid range he will catch you. Tire spin will be a real problem for the SRT with the stock tires. In the rain this car may be a real handfull for anyone. I like the engine response, and was pleasantly surprised that there was very little torque steer. Could it be that Damlier engineers had a hand in this powertrain??
6- Handling is fair, a little darty and seems to be on the edge whenever you are accel. in a turn. This could be tires, but I worry about high speed corners with this car. On the other hand it may be a real kick in the ass, for auto/X. If you like the solid controlled feel of the Subaru, you probably wont like this car at speed, and you will need a large dose of Prozac when the clouds begin to gather. If I could afford a new weekend auto/X toy, I think I would give this car a long look. If you need a year round driver and weekend racer, then stay right here on NASIOC. This is just my opinion, and is based on a 20 min test drive, that was spirited, but is only my first impression! Anyone else out there that has driven one ? What are your thoughts?
My only qualifications for giving this opinion, is my 44 yr love affair with British cars and speed. With British Cars, the Speed thing, is usually a figment of my imagination.
Please excuse my spelling and punctuation, I had other things on my mind in High School.
HAPPY MOTORING, Jerry C