Once in awhile I read the stuff on is300.net, It amused me how often they mock the wrx topend but I never really thought much of it, knowing that awd does take a big toll. I finally got to race my friend's is300 a few days ago and we started off with a rolling start from 20 just to be fair to him. My car has catback and tires, close to stock not quite. Friend has stock e-shift.
He counts down from three and I floor it in second gear, to my suprise I totally destroyed him and by the end of 20-70 I had about five lengths on him.
We did other rolling starts from 40 and 60 with the same result. One time he took off on the highway ahead of me and I just tried to keep up with him. I knew he was going to take his car damn near top speed so I just tried to stay with him. Later he told me at about 120 I started to pull on him very quickly. I know that both cars aren't amazing at freeway speeds but I expected them to be more or less comparable at high speed.
Just for amusement we did one run from a stoplight. Basically looked like he wasn't moving.