I agree that this isn't the most intelligent thread, but that's what the internet is for right? Anyway, I couldn't help but toss in my .02.
My buddy had (traded it in for an RSX Type-S) an Ion Redline. I had the chance to drive it a handful of times, and without trying to sound like a hater, I couldn't believe what a piece of $h!t the car was. It's a Saturn, and I've never been a fan but I expected a little more when I drove it. I left extremely underwhelmed with it's power and overall feel. Unlike the Cobalt SS, which is actually fun to drive, the Saturn does not reward you whatsoever for driving it hard. It honestly didn't feel a great deal faster than the ZX2 I used to drive.
As for real world, my friend was psyched to "beat the crap" out of my stock WRX. Well before he sold it him and I probably raced about a dozen times. From a light, from a roll, interstate, back roads. Not once did he come close to beating me. As long as the WRX isn't caught WAY off boost, it's not really a contest. My car is standard, but so was his. The WRX is straight up faster stock for stock, it's not really worth arguing.