Its not really a race, but me and my friend were tooling around in the STi and his EVO MR. We switched cars and drove around so we could see any similarities/differences.
His take on the STi:
-Much shorter shift
-Clutch is basically on/off compared to his car
-Slightly less quick steering
-More torquey in all rpms, but does drop a little when approaching redline
-interior is better
My take on the MR:
-Shifter is much much smoother
-The car is easier to drive overall...from a stop, downshifting, WOT shifting everything. I was surprised, but then again ive gotten used to the STis quirks.
-Steering was very quick, small inputs create large reactions. Tight turns could be held easier (often with a couple fingers if you tried).
-pedals were closer, maybe better set up for heel-toe, but I didnt try to do that too much
-Power seems to rush in all at once around 3500-4000, unlike the linearity of the STi. However it does pull to redline with very little drop off.
-Gear ratios were longer....1st gear ends at 40, 2nd at 63-65.
Overall the STi seems to pull harder, but a race would generally be pretty close with me edging him out.