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This is a discussion on WRX vs. Europe's hottest hatches (including R32) within the Comparison: WRX vs World forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Apparently, you have to be a member to link to the online version. The folowing quotes were taken from VWVortex ...

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    WRX vs. Europe's hottest hatches (including R32)

    Apparently, you have to be a member to link to the online version. The folowing quotes were taken from VWVortex summarizing the test results.

    In a recent EVO road test, a handful of cars were tested, including the RS Focus, Impreza WRX, & R32, to name a few.
    Around the track, the RS and WRX were within seconds of eachother, very close. The Golf, only 1 second behind. Not too shabby. Here comes the best part ...

    In the final evaluation, the RS was awarded 3 stars, the WRX 4.5, & the R32 5. Pretty shocking, right? Considering it's a Brit magazine, you'd figure the RS would be the favorite .. quick-spooling turbo, aggressive diff.
    The online edition doesn't include the bit about track testing. The lap times for the cars came out as follows:-

    Alfa 147 GTA 86.05 seconds (dry track)
    VW Golf R32 91.20 seconds (very wet track)
    Ford Focus RS 90.30 seconds (wet track)
    Audi S3 (225bhp) 92.70 seconds (wet track)
    Seat Leon Cupra R 93.05 seconds (wet track)
    Schnitzer Cooper S 93.00 seconds (wet track)
    Subaru Impreza WRX(2003 version) 90.20 seconds (wet track)

    The test drivers said that the track was wettest for the R32 and that it should have matched the times for the Focus RS and the Impreza WRX. They also said that the R32 was the most satisfying car to drive out of the cars in this group.

    As a matter of interest in the same edition of the magazine the Impreza STi is driven on the same track and the lap time came out as 85.15 seconds (dry track). They reckoned that a dry track is worth 4 seconds per lap for this car (compared to a wet track), which would give a wet track time of just over 89 seconds (a second or so faster than the WRX, Focus RS and R32). The test driver said that the STi required a confident hand on the limit. A BMW M3 lapped in 86.85 seconds (dry track)

    The STI was 1 sec slower than the Ferrari 575 and 2 sec slower than the 911. .
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    Re: WRX vs. Europe's hottest hatches (including R32)

    Originally posted by palaban
    In the final evaluation, the RS was awarded 3 stars, the WRX 4.5, & the R32 5. Pretty shocking, right? Considering it's a Brit magazine, you'd figure the RS would be the favorite .. quick-spooling turbo, aggressive diff.
    While the RS is king of the track and smooth roads, when things start to get "real" the weaknesses start to show through. The RS starts to become too much of a handful to be enjoyable on the mountain twisties and weather worn roads. I remember watching Top Gear on BBC World. They did a review of the RS. It beat the WRX around the track by 4 seconds. However, after driving the RS through the country roads, the host got out and hopped in the WRX to go home.

    That's the real beauty of the WRX. It's something numbers can't measure. I really like the RS though.
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