in it's defense, those AWD launches are tough as heck on the car. i used to run with a couple of guys that messed with WRX's and the general consensus among the WRX tuner community was that: the car really needed a beefier transmission after hitting the 300-400+ whp. i just personally thought that was a weak point when the car was designed specifically for an AWD turbo application. just compare that to the many 300-500whp forced inducted Hondas that are daily driven and still going strong. it makes it worse when the aforementioned Hondas come stock with a higher compression motor, less wheel HP, and is designed for N/A driving. EDIT: i haven't really looked into the new WRX yet, but the press pictures look really nice. definitely a much more dynamic car in terms of exterior styling. the new WRX isn't apart of the Impreza family anymore.