The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX and Impreza WRX STI are the result of what happens when you take a fairly normal economy car and turn it into an all-out-insane rally machine. Designed as road-going versions of the World Rally Championship winning race cars, the all-wheel drive WRX and WRX STI offer plenty of power and prodigious grip but can be had for very little money considering their level of performance.
The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX, for instance, can be yours for just $25,495. Remember, this is a car capable of carrying you and four of your friends at blistering speeds. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with the same horizontally-opposed design favored by Porsche.
Peak output is 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque, which may not seem like a lot compared to the Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros of this world, but the engine is punchy in any gear and never seems to quit no matter how hard you push it.
However, if you thirst for more, the...