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Walking by the Subaru display at the bottom floor of the New York Auto Show, I thought Subaru played it lazy by showcasing last year's Subaru WRX STI. Instead, what I thought was the ultra sport version of the car, was actually a redesigned 2011 Subaru WRX.

It seems like Subaru is intent on bluring the line between WRX and WRX STI by giving them the same bodywork, wider footprint and lowered suspension.

So if the cars basically look the same, is the STI really worth the premium over the 2011 Subaru WRX? Well, that depends on what you are looking for and the price threshold you are looking to cross.

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Price: Starts at $24,995
Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cyl, turbocharged/intercooled, 265 hp

Price: $34,995
Engine: 2.5-liter DOHC turbocharged/intercooled, 305 hp

The main difference between the two is a supped-up manual clutch box and the stability control unit that senses wheel slippage, steering angle, current engine power, and braking to direct each wheel with optimum traction. What does all this mean? You can take turns faster, tighter, and more securely.

It's up to you to decide if the extra $10G is worth it.

Photos: Newsday/Jose Moreno