I agree with you on the X, but all hard core Evo guys say this very thing about 8/9s. The BRZ and FR-S are lovely cars. They look better and are a joy to drive. I cannot get over that motor. It killed the deal for me. The dealer let me drive one a few times without restrictions. You did your homework -- that's a fair price. Some coupons don't stack, but try! If all that sticks, that's better than I did!