Comparing an EVO against a WRX is like comparing a Beetle V 911...
The STI has far superior mech features.. Tho they look the same...
6 speed, variable traction, front lsd, big brakes as std, tighter suspension..
I have a 1995 and 07 WRX.. But I'm not saying I won't take an Evo either in the driveway...
Mate you have this soooo backwards
Admittedly Subie have finally got rid of the glass driveline but still not a patch on the Evo gear. Evo tech pips the WRX too, with 'smart' diffs and yaw control etc etc. The Sti has only recently had the variable torque split in and that about as far as it goes.
The new DSG is weapon fast and yes the ride appears to have softened but it's still quicker.
Mod for mod, the Evo just gets further ahead. just turn up to any track day or targa and it's 10:1 Evos to WRXs.
Looks wise the Evo has always had it over the WRX as wel
Like you, i'd still have a decent Sti but the WRX, while being good, will always be the bridesmaid to the mighty Evo