Quarter Tank Racer
That's a good point, things have really changed in the sports compact segment in the last five years...would make a good show if we were lucky enough to acquire some cars. I'd be in. [popcorn]But are they really still benchmarks? Idk about that...you hear about that less and less now, and I feel like they are yesterdays news. They have become more expensive and have gained weight....some even feel they have gone soft. They are no longer those inexpensive, nimble "super cars" that they were when they were the benchmarks. True the WRX is fast and now looks just like its older brother (which makes the STi even more pointless to own now...unless you like wasting your money and spending 8 grand more), but I bet if you put them back to back...the ST would handle better, feel lighter and more nimble and be more fun to drive. Lets bring up the Lancer...first off its gained alot of weight since we first fell in love with that epic 8th generation. Also, you can only get a manual trans with the GSR...the other Evo's even the top of the line MR only come with Mitsu's twin clutch gear box (but unless your a die hard Evo fan and you ACTUALLY have a Mitsubishi dealer by you, your not going to bay 40 grand for an Evo, I know I wouldn't. Even the ralliart can only be had with this transmission.
In the last Motortrend comparo of hot hatches, they had the GTI, MS3, Ralliart, and WRX go head to head. Guess who won....the more refined, more nimble GTI. Yes it was the slowest and least powerful, but it offered the most fun for your money and the most engaging ride. The Ms3 came in second and the WRX and Lancer brought up the rear in that order. Autos to compare to...yes, but benchmarks? No longer.
Oh...and lets do it!!!!! HAHAHA. Theres this guy that lives in my town...never seen him. But in the past 6 months I've seen 3 different vehicals from ford in his driveway before they were available to the public. First it was a Fiesta hatch, then it was new Edge, then it was the new Lincoln version of the Edge. All of them have Michigan plates. I've never seen the person but I so want to just knock on his door and be like..excuse me, what the hell do you do???? Because I want in!