• Feb 27, 2011
2011 Subaru WRX STI convertible – click for high-res gallery

Car dealers do the strangest things to their vehicles. Just think about how many cars are out there with awful vinyl and fabric roof add-ons, a generation after manufacturers nearly swore them off entirely. Manchester Subaru in Manchester, New Hampshire isn't content to create some sticker-and-tape fake trim level on a top-dog 2011 Subaru WRX STI. Instead, the dealer has gone all Chainsaw Massacre on the rally-bred performance sedan. The result is a picnic basket of automotive woe.

At least the "handle" left after all the chop-shopping maintains a fleeting semblance of rigidity. The rest? Awful. There's an ill-fitting tonneau, chopped door pillars and the STI's trademark enormous wing still hangs off the trunklid. The worst part? This poor Subaru's price is purportedly $75,000. Not kidding. Sure, there's an "exclusivity" factor, but 75 large buys an awful lot of real high performance convertible; the kind that won't corner like an overcooked noodle. The dealership reportedly commissioned five of these abominations, which is likely five more than anyone wants. Thanks for the tip, Jason!



[Source: Manchester Subaru]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Why the love of god would anyone do this? I've seen some hideously done convertible mr2s and now a STI. I just want to cry.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      poor STi...poor poor STi
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe how bad this looks. When I read the headline I thought, "This could be interesting". I was wrong.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take that silly-assed teeniebopper wing off the back and focus your sales on those who can afford it. It looks good, with WRX power it should blow the pants off Mazdas, Bimmers, tiny MBs, and 99% of American converts. I will be watching for the first one to show up here. Don't worry about the cretins posting on here, they are buying, anyway, just carping.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This particular car was comissioned for someone in NY. It's already sold. But I hear they are making something like 5 more?

      IDK I think it would have looked better if they got rid of the framed windows instead of just cutting them...and did something so they could remove the dumb looking basket handle. And the wing needs to go or be smaller, it looks dumb on a convertible.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unlike everyone else here I have to admit that I wouldn't mind slipping into this car and taking it for a ride. Consider a metaphor, it is like going on a date with not a very pretty but very kinky girl ;o).

      Another thing, any publicity is good publicity. Hooray for the dealer
      • 3 Years Ago
      The B-Pillar... why...? WHY?
      The wing is now useless, it was engineered for a car with a roof.
      Everything is just a mess.

      They might as well have ripped out the center diff, the car would be equally useful in that case.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy crap that is awful!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fail
      • 3 Years Ago
      In the immortal words of Sir Charles Barkley: This is turrible, just turrible.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is worse than Weekend at Bernies 2.
        • 3 Years Ago
        tributetodrive,

        is the supply of STis really constrained?
        I've never heard of anyone not being able to buy one. (Except right before a new model year launches).

        Just curious.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's bad, but I've seen much worse hack jobs. Anyone else remember those horrible-looking convertibles people were building out of the New Beetle, before the factory model came out?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @airchompers

        I'm currently waiting 12 weeks for mine to be built and shipped over from Japan. The sedans are a little more common than the hatches, but they're still very hard to find on the lots in a configuration close to what you want.

        Subaru has been selling WRX and STIs like crazy since the beginning of the year, so production is currently behind. This is one less car that would be in front of me in line...*sigh*
        • 3 Years Ago
        Worse? Maybe. These are the same people who did the Convert conversion for the PT Cruiser back before they made their own. I remember seeing one in show rooms for $35000+ and it being the biggest turd ever with it's glued on pieces around the B Pillar tops and crappy cover. Sad, some things never change, it's just a shame with this good car. It was so young with so much potential! :'(
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't get why they used an STI. To me, the people who buy STIs do so for the performance, not because it's the most expensive car on the lot. Seems like a more pedestrian WRX would be a much more suitable donor for this hack-job.

        On the other hand, it does lower the center of gravity......and maybe that's not a roll bar, but an additional spoiler.......
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's terrible, but without the B pillar and the spoiler, it wouldn't look so bad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "You think you hate it now, wait until you drive it..."

        Sad fate for an otherwise amazing car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        How does the dealer warranty this? ..and beyond that: how do they protect themselves from liability when someone kills themselves driving it?

        I don't get why they'd do this, unless one fell off the truck and ruined its roof, but that seems unlikely.
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