Don't know anything about wheel hooping. Also, unsure of final HP. It pains me to say this, but, after sitting in this ST3...I am reconsidering my plans on what I buy next. The engineer was very in love with the car, but my student loans may take priority over this purchase...may end up with a Fiesta for now. Another interesting note, the engineer highly recommended the partial leather seats over the full leather. Claims to be better bolstered.
Thank you bmod! Love to hear that the engineer digs the car (one more confirmation that this car will be all that we have come to expect). Also glad to hear the vote for the partial leather (as my order is for a ST2)!