i was thinking about this thread on my way home and i have to stick with my guns.
i'm sorry, but when you have a bulls eye on your back for 5 years, it's only a matter of time. 5 years is an eternity in the car industry. IMO, the AWD just isn't enough to justify a performance advantage.
the WRX is a much better all around package. a 40 year old woman will love it just as much as a 25 year old man, and that's a tremendous accomplishment. the AWD is just a plus, and it's awesome.
the MPS 3 is more focused on performance. only young males will like this car.