WRX vs. Civic Si | Which offers the better track experience?


Is the newest generation of the Subaru WRX still as competent on track as previous generations?

We take it to the Florida International Rally and Motorsport Park to find out how it holds up against another popular Japanese sports sedan, the newest Honda Civic Si.

[The Grassroots Motorsports ultimate guide to track car lap times]

Presented by CRC Industries.

WebFootSTi New Reader
1/21/23 4:05 p.m.

I sill Love my 2004 my STi.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
1/21/23 4:36 p.m.

I have both a 18 Si and 03 WRX with a few boot ons.

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/23/23 12:51 p.m.

According to the trace data presented from the FIRM: 

  • C8 z51                 1:16:13
  • C8 Base             1:19:17 
  • Supra                1:19:59 
  • Veloster N        1:21:49
  • Civic Type R     1:21:79 
  • Elantra N DCT 1:22:08
  • Mk8 GTI            1:23:05
  • 400 Z                 1:23:44
  • Subaru WRX    1:24:67
  • Civic Si              1:25:53
  • Mk7 GTI             1:28:47 

Can't wait to see where the GR Corolla and 8th Gen CTR wind up, and would love to see where a DCT Elantra N finishes.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
1/23/23 9:37 p.m.

I'm really tempted by the new CTR after owning an Si for a while.... all except the fuel mileage.  Gah!  I've been spoiled by 40 mpg on my commute and still fun to drive. 

MrStickShift Reader
2/2/23 2:59 p.m.

I love my 05 WRX Wagon to death. Yeah it's got 200k, but she is still awesome!

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/2/23 3:51 p.m.

In reply to pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) :

We'll update our ultimate guide to track car lap times as soon as we get our hands on the Corolla and CTR.

Also, the Elantra N we tested was equipped with the DCT.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
2/21/23 9:22 a.m.

My two cents: The WRX felt comfortable for my 6'4" frame, and it was fun on the street. However, the lap times tell the tale on the track.

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/21/23 9:25 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Updated, thanks for the correction. 

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