I would love to catch this guy in either a straight line or in the corners and slap his Mustang around in my "4-door POS." Yep, the STi is a "Fast and the Furious ricer." Let's break it down, just to be sure that the STi really is rice. Based on MY 2005 STi. Hood Scoop STi- Functional Mustang- Not functional, styling only Spoiler STi- Functional. It provides 90 lbs of downforce (2005) at 90 mph Mustang- Non-functional. Styling aesthetics only, and a bit of interrupted airflow to produce unnecessary drag. Suspension STi- INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION ,staggered shock setup, thicker swaybars, nothing in common with a WRX suspension. Don't forget that I can adjust the AWD setup from 50% of the power evenly displayed between the front/rear to a 35/65 FWD/RWD balance. Mustang- LIVE AXLE, nothing special about a standard Mustang suspension Brakes STi- Brembo. 14 inch rotors up front, 12 inch rotors in the rear, 4-piston calipers up front, 2-piston in the rear Mustang- What brakes? Transmission STi- 3.91 gears, 6 speed close-ratio Mustang- Ancient 5 speed transmission (except SVT), 3.31 gears standard (?) Now, here's where everybody gets upset. My STi is better than your Mustang, period. Call me arrogant, but facts are facts. BUT, WAIT! The Mustang trumps the STi with LESS. Despite the clear superiority of the STi as a full-on performance machine, despite having just as much power and torque as the Mustang, plus a lighter curb weight, it lacks not only the feeling of a domestic V8 Muscle Car, but also the sound. Despite everything the STi has, it doesn't have what matters most, and that is why I am looking for a Mustang. And FWIW, "rice" doesn't equate the manufacturer or appearance of a car. It equates a car having non-functional appearance items. What's that mean? It seems that your Mustang is more "rice" than my mailbox that mated with a shopping cart. Have a good day, and see ya in the rearview.