OK, I finally got to run my friend in his Silver EVO8 the other night.
EVO8: B&B cat-back exhaust, Turbo timer.
STi: HKS cat-back, Turbo timer, gauges, yadda yadda bov.
2 runs. Once from 2nd gear 40mph roll on the Highway. EVO WALKED from me. I was SHOCKED, to the tune of at least 2 CL at 5th gear when I quit.
NOW FOR THE GOOD PART.
Local spot, we both line up for a .28 mile run. Slightly longer than a 1/4. Started by a flagman with a specific finish line.
I out launch the EVO and get 2 car lenghts on him(his words) I can see the EVO coming up on me, not fast but not inching either, he pulls up to my rear bumper when we shut down at about 110mph and .28 miles later. I beat the EVO by 1 CL at the end of the race.
We are both good friends, and I have HUGE respect for this car after our rolling run. I hear some EVO's put down awesome numbers at the wheels while others do not. There is apparently quite a discrepency from car to car as far as hp to ground goes.
BUT the EVO is very hard to launch, and its weak stock clutch is an achilles heel. I launched at 5200rpm him, about the same. His launch was respectable, but the STi is just a DIGGER off the line. AMAZING launching capability with our car, which is a great advantage against an obviously higher hp to ground car, as the EVO was in this case.
Video, will be available soon. I will post it up.