I work for a large car dealership here in Southern Oregon, and my buddy who sells cars let me know they got a 2003 Evo VIII in on trade. I decided to drop by to see exactly what I may be up against should I pull up beside one on the drag strip. All I have to say is
That car only had 18,000 miles, was in immaculate condition, and it felt like a 2.5rs. I'm stage 0 on my WRX TR, and my car felt (and was) a whole lot faster. My buddy was scared, he's never been in a AWD Rally-Style car before, so he was white-knuckling it the whole time.
I guess the whole point is, I was expecting far more. I'm glad I made the purchase I did.