Even so...why wouldn't they want to compete directly w/ all-wheel drive?
Weight, complexity, and cost are what the RS team says. They think a trick LSD and suspension setup will allow the car to be faster and handle better than if it had AWD. I'm inclined to disagree, like many others.
Mine: 2006 Mazda3 s GT Hatch: 115k, Gray, Manual
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654
Hers: 2012 Focus Ti Sedan: 55k, SGM, Manual