You beat the Driver, not the car . That's what's so great about auto X I have seen stock Miata's school Lambo's in the same way. The Mazda speed is a GREAT handling car, no doubt in my mind. But its turbo engine just stinks. Can't hold power or real boost and uses IMHO the WORST turbo one can use UNLESS it is the 1st of 2 turbos used in a TT setup. These turbos have trouble cracking mid 13's on AWD DSM's with MANY mods and tuning. It can't properly fill a FMIC eaither with only 280CFM's. It can't hold any significant boost up top and only aids in detonation since it is so innefficient, I should know, my TSI AWD had one and it was scrapped ASAP. IT DOES However spool instantly, best ever, probably just as fast a a Centrifugal supercharger. AS soon as you upgrade the turbo, IC, Piping, fuel, and tuning, your engine will blow to pieces, so you need to mod EVERYTHING to make decient power. Nice car, don't get me wrong, but needs $$$$$$$ Just to get on par with many other cars.Go ask the stock WRX'rs who get schooled by stock MSP's in autocross events.
I agree, I just can't get past the fact that it makes less power then many NA 4's in the market.If you want terfiffic handling and immediate turbo response for tight Autocross courses, it's perfect.
I bet you can get 220WHP out of it and that should move it nicely to a stock SRT-4 territory.