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This is a discussion on STi vs Mazdaspeed 6 within the Comparison: WRX vs World forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; I have an 04 STi and my buddy just bought a speed 6 AWD and about 274hp. I know that ...

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    STi vs Mazdaspeed 6

    I have an 04 STi and my buddy just bought a speed 6 AWD and about 274hp. I know that the speed 6 weighs more but why is that car so much slower than mine?

    Kind of funny b/c all of my friends (who don't know **** about subaru's) thought that this would be a comparable track car but it is just so much slower.

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    thats a good question, the only thing I can think of is the way the transmission handles the power and applies it, they are nice cars but you are right they are pretty slow, my wrx beat one last week

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    6speed vs. 5speed?

    and i wouldn't under estimate that weight difference, probably 3-400lbs

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    maybe he didnt know how to drive.
    my mom had a ms6 and it felt pretty damn fast whenever i drove it. then again i've never driven an sti so i cant really compare the two

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY_04WRX View Post
    6speed vs. 5speed?

    and i wouldn't under estimate that weight difference, probably 3-400lbs

    the speed 6 and sti are both 6 speeds

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    2004 STi ~3250 lbs @ 300 (rated) hp
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    you didn't state what year MS6 but ~3600 lbs @ 274 (rated) hp

    and you wonder why the MS6 is slower
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    How is this not obvious?

    The STI makes 26 hp more and weighs over 400 lbs less. That combination makes for a pretty big different in a cars performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTR rex View Post
    How is this not obvious?

    The STI makes 26 hp more and weighs over 400 lbs less. That combination makes for a pretty big different in a cars performance.
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    even with that weight difference the 06 speed 6 does 0-60 in 1.5 seconds slower than my stock STi. That has to be more than the few hundred lb and hp difference.

    there has got to be something else to this or does weight make that much difference. Could it have something to do with the weight distribution of the car?

    At this 1.5 sec difference from 0-60 my STi should be 650lbs lighter with the 26hp difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldog8 View Post
    even with that weight difference the 06 speed 6 does 0-60 in 1.5 seconds slower than my stock STi. That has to be more than the few hundred lb and hp difference.

    there has got to be something else to this or does weight make that much difference. Could it have something to do with the weight distribution of the car?
    It likely has more to do with the driveline losses through the drivetrain, and a bit with the "loose nut behind the wheel".

    A guy I used to know "Bigg Tim" on the Mazda forums baseline dyno'd at 220whp/270wtq

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    271whp/307wtq on 91 octane with mods (baseline - 240whp/267wtq).

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    The MS3 has the same engine as the MS6...but a lot lighter. I thought that's why they were faster. A better race would be against the MS3, yes?
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    the ms3 has limited 1st and 2nd gear though.. so unless it was from a roll then probably not haha

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    yeah that's true but i was just honestly expecting somewhat of a similar feeling. I knew it would be slower and a much inferior car to the STi but i didn't think it would feel like i could launch mine in 3rd and beat it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vez View Post
    The MS3 has the same engine as the MS6...but a lot lighter. I thought that's why they were faster. A better race would be against the MS3, yes?
    Definitely yes. I went for a Mazda fun run last year with my WRX and there were a few MS3's with us. They're pretty quick, especially from a roll. The interior is a bit overdone for my taste, but it's still nice.
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    The MS6 has trouble making its rated power because of its horrible TMIC design. With only a grille-facing duct to bring air to the IC, it ends up being an inter-warmer most of the time.

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