You get more at the tank and the bank with Subaru

Phuti Mpyane

Phuti Mpyane

Two issues stand in the way of the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI: sky-rocketing fuel prices and interest rate hikes at their biblical highest.

Car industrialists are telling customers to adopt an economy-minded driving style, while the financial sector are telling them to tuck in their shirts and spend less.

Where the Subaru STI is concerned I say: "Ride on brother."

For starters, it has 225kW and 407Nm, of which 275 of the torque is readily available at the 2000rpm mark, from a 2,5-litre turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine.

In case it hasn't registered yet, that's a damn lot of whack under the bonnet.

A close-ratio, six-speed manual gearbox is tasked with sending all that power to all four golden wheels to push the car past the 100kmh point in a claimed 5,18 seconds all the way to its 255kmh top speed.

That's German sport sedan territory and all this speeding madness that leads to collecting fines is yours for a mere R489000, wrapped in a hatchback package that comes with all the trimmings. It also looks fabulous.

A range of colours is available and gold rims are optional, but the rest, like aggressive frontal styling, aerodynamic spoilers, flared wheel arches and four round exhaust pipes come standard.

It seats four adults comfortably and the usual suspects inside add to its premium status.

The STI is fitted with Subaru's SI-Drive that regulates throttle inputs via a dial on the centre-console. Simply choose the setting to match the mood.

To keep car and driver on the tarmac, a slew of electronic devices are plugged into its all-wheel-drive suspension.

Vehicle dynamics control checks for traction loss while the driver controlled centre differential is a toggle switch that drivers can use to influence the outcome of the war between car and tar.

The tools of the battle also include powerful Brembo brakes.

As a whole, the latest Subaru Impreza WRX STI is at its best.

It's set to transcend what it's pitted against .

Now about those two obstructions, fuel and interest rates...

I suggest you use the SI-drive extensively and at its cut-price, it's the car Tito Mboweni would encourage you to buy instead of some costly German viper with high outputs.