Nice summary nixstur...
I had the same problem also. Should i go luxury chick magnet with the 350z/g35 coupe or rx8 or performance with the evo/sti. After getting a ride in the sti, and taking a evo for a test spin... it was apparent..
I already have a girlfriend... I need a fun car
Between the evo/sti, it was difficult....Here are my extra reasonings (asside from the things nixstur said)
-the evo had a very nervous steering response which I love. There is absolutely very minor lag between the user response time and the wheel turning.
-Another Pro for the evo is the badass engine capability. My brother and i own a eclipse gsx, and the potential is definately there.
-Suspension is godly in stock form. It totally schools a stock gsx...
-Those recaro's fit better than the STI's. I'm a small guy, and the seats fit like a glove.
-the bulletproof 5spd tranny allows better 0-60 and a better 1/4 time due to less shifting.
cons of the evo:
-rumors circullate that the evo has a POS stock clutch. No biggy, just replace.
-No cruise control?! it is a double edge blade. I drive 180 miles once every month to visit my family, that does suck. But added weight also sucks too.
-No AYC/ ACD... search for more info, very dissappointing
-DAMN ENKAI POS's. Naw, they're not pos's, they're just butt ugly. Can't complain, theyre descently light and forged with great tires that wear out fast. But it doesnt compare to the STI's stock BBS rims.
-Interior sucks vs. the g35/rx8/sti
This was where mitsubishi went cheap. You could feel it.
But you know what? It's a DAMN FUN CAR. The sti had extra bells and whistles, but after reading some threads about the sti 6spd tranny being slower and the sti's crappy knock sensors at high rpm's, i pass on the sti and going with the time tested and proven engine. :dsm: