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: 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi XWD: 92k, Black, Manual, JZW Stage 1. 320hp/400tq.
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654
Hers: 2010 Focus SES: 84k, Ebony, Auto, Moon and Tune