This is evident even in the cars the mags get. One of the latest MotorTrend's has a write up/small test of the RS. While it improved it's 0-60# over the standard EVO tested a while back, it's trap speed was nowhere close. RS = 99.xx mph while the standard evo last year posted 104 or 105mph traps. Everyone knew that car was a ringer though.
VVOriginally posted by Kramit
Who knows. Every Evo is slightly different. Vishnu has dynoed tons of them and found that stock ones vary greatly in the HP and TQ departments.
For example: I know plenty of guys who have gotten better than 13.6 (my time) with their stock Evos. And I'm pretty sure I don't suck at driving, so they can't be way better than I am at launching and shifting...
It's also possible that they gave the mag a "stock tuned" ringer car. I've heard of that being done before as well.