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2017-12-21 19:30

Courtnall Skosan

Image: Supplied by Courtnall Skosan

Johannesburg -During my childhood the Subaru WRX STi was always a dream and my number one gaming choice was always Colin McCrea. 'Born to race' was when I first set my eyes on the Subaru WRX STi.

Having never experienced the drive or the feeling of having one parked in my garage before I was blessed with one only a few months ago. I enjoy the roaring sound of the engine when it's switched on, taking corners at higher than normal speeds with ease and the fact that I can go from 0-100km/h in just a few seconds; this is only a fraction of what I enjoy about my new STi. 

High expectations

I've been privileged enough to have driven the WRX and it was amazing, don't get me wrong but the STi is next level, taking my expectations of the performance side of Subaru vehicles up a notch. I tend to get carried away while watching the latest Fast and Furious movies knowing what it feels like to be behind the wheel of an STi.

All Subaru WRX STi's are manual transmission which is not a bad thing at all, considering that you get to play through the gears at your own will and really feel the power of the 227kW engine. 

The STi has exceeded my expectation and I can confidently say it's a tough, powerful, high-performance machine made for an adrenaline junkie like me, but is a safe 4-wheel drive that doubles up as my family car. 

Let's talk boot space

It brags with a 460-litre boot, which is big enough to pack in my son, CJ's stroller, baby bag, travel cot, our travel case and not forgetting the extra 'just in cases' my wife always needs when we go away for a weekend every now and again. Haha.

The biggest advantage of not only this beast, but all of Subaru's cars: they are All-Wheel Drive, which makes them some of the safest cars on the road. I have that peace of mind that should I ever drive in wet, dry, muddy, any conditions really, this car will stick like glue, and the nicest thing is that you can set the diff as well with the WRX STi to specific settings depending on the surface you are driving on. Cool, right?! 

Safety front

Does it have Isofix child seat anchors? Of course. Subaru is all about safety, and even though the STi is a performance car, it still has Isofix child seat anchors which means that they really thought things through when they built this car. It's not just the rally car everyone got accustomed to over the years. 

It's an all round performance vehicle catering to both Daddy or Mommy's needs to get their adrenaline rush when needed, as well as have that peace of mind that your little one and family will be safe should anything happen, God forbid, while you're on the road.

My driving style has changed a lot after CJ has been born, especially when my family is in the car. When I'm alone, I have the occasional 'voet in die hoek' moments (meaning I open it up a little every now and again), but for the better part of it I am a lot more responsible while driving. 

The Subaru WRX STi allows me the perfect balance between the paceman on the wing and the family man at home. And that's why I have fallen even more in love with it over the last few months.

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