This is a discussion on 2009 WRX vs. Mazdaspeed 3 within the Comparison: WRX vs World forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by jstrunk Ive driven a MS3 08.5+ (they are a little different, pre 08.5) and from i can ...
Current: 05 Mini Cooper S R53
Former: 06 Acura RSX Type-S
Former: 00 Integra GSR
Former: 07 Mazdaspeed3
Former: 04 WRX Stage 2+
Well at the risk of tootin' my own horn, I'm catching up to the MS-3's in my 08' in D-Stock Autocross. I'm 4 races into my autocross career, and have gone from 3 seconds behind in a minute course, to(since adding a 25mm frb, and Kumho XS'es) to only 1/2 second behind one of the local club's novice director in his tire class prepped D-stock MS-3.
I was a second or so ahead of an 09 WRX, as well, and 1 1/2 secs behind a 07 A-stock STi, so I guess I was having a pretty good day.
I think the torque hitting lower in the 08' makes up some of the horsepower it gives up in autocross, where you don't get out of 2nd very often.
in a couple weeks, I'll have some kosei K-1's on, and will lose 30-40 lbs of unsprung weight then, and maybe go to R-comps at the same time.
Last edited by MurphysLaww; 09-09-2009 at 05:23 AM.
So in first that means:
In 2nd that means:
Yeah I hear the MS3 is pretty strong in 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear.