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Posted by Radar on April 28, 2002 at 04:12:47:

In Reply to: Re: WRX ? posted by Barry on April 26, 2002 at 17:41:57:

Last time I checked a WRX was 2.0 Turbo, 145 KW (Cat) & 150 KW (Non Cat) Standard, STi versions different, easily modified to 180 KW (£130 for chip) or 210 KW if running forged pistons. Power from around 3000 rpm compared to the M at over 5000 rpm.

Another thing to consider is the sheer weight of a WRX - they are built like brick Sh*thouses and are just under 1500 KG compared to the M at 1200 KG.

How do I know ? - My Car back in NZ is a Subaru Legacy RS modified to 180 KW, and it uses the same running gear except with slightly different Valve geomotry and Air/Water intercooler vs air/air intercooler or WRX.

How does it feel compared to the M ?

-Slower top speed
-Better acceleration
-Less precise handling (but more comfortable)
-Unreal traction (brilliant in wet)

I love both cars, the Subaru being the first really fast car I owned, and with the traction and forgiving handling I'm glad I got it before the M, the understated styling makes it a real 'Q' car too.

I love the M - You feel as 1 with the car - so much feed back, but it'll bite if your not too carfeul.

Factory Specs

0-60 1/4

M3 7.1 15.4 2.3 Inline 190 hp
WRX 5.9 14.4 2.5 Turbo 230 hp and AWD

Just the facts

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