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Old 03-06-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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Default Snowfight: WRX STI vs. Evo GSR



We've compared Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions and Subaru WRX STIs every whichway for what seems decades. (Did Evo I coincide with Super Bowl I, or does it just seem that long?) Evo versus STI stories were once so common in this magazine that tech director Frank Markus proposed a cover blurb, "Absolutely No Evos or STIs in This Issue!"

Now he's scorekeeper for Motor Trend's first Ice Bowl (click for story), a matchup of the Mitsubishi Evolution X and Subaru WRX STI at Continental Corporation's own frozen tundra, its winter proving grounds near Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Evo X and WRX STI fight for grip first on their stock summer tires, and then on identical winter tires.

Watch the video here.





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So Evo wins, right? Not so fast-the fun way isn't necessarily quickest. Handling course turns are tighter and closer together than on the figure eight, and the Mitsu's 214 extra pounds become a serious liability. With the Subie in intelligent mode, stability control off, center diff set to manual, in lock minus one click, the STI feels slower as it's being slid with armfuls of opposite lock around the road course. What's really happening is that the STI is using up less of the track, wasting less inertia. Auto mode allows a bit more tail flicking than manual full lock, but manual on lock minus one is most efficient here. And so the final score is Mitsubishi Evo, 1:06.8 around the handling course, Subaru STI, 1:05.4. The STI takes the Ice Bowl by a quarterback sneak.

1st Place: Subaru WRX STI

With better balance and lighter weight, the STI beats the Evo on snow in every measure except the figure eight. And in this color, the radical styling isn't so bad.

2nd Place: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
The Ice Drift King! Evo is more fun on ice than its rival, and its heavily bolstered Recaros really hold you in place. It's just not the best bet for a Finnish pro-am rally.



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Old 03-06-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:06 PM   #3
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:08 PM   #4
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Very nice! Go subie!
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:09 PM   #5
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very cool writeup
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:15 PM   #6
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awesome! nice job
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:17 PM   #7
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i like that graph, thats sick
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:18 PM   #8
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we won!!!!
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:19 PM   #9
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Nice!!!
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:20 PM   #10
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Yeehaa Suby, i'll have my evo X seats in by the end of the month all i have to do is make it to this course!

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Old 03-06-2009, 12:22 PM   #11
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:31 PM   #12
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The e-brake requires a clutch depress?

What?

Is this new on the 08's, or are they just mistaken?

Perhaps they were running it on full lock, to which I am wondering why - It ain't the fastest, and it handles like ass on full lock on snow/ice, and i am still not sure why that would require the clutch to be pressed.

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Old 03-06-2009, 12:37 PM   #13
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STI FTW
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:41 PM   #14
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Awesome article and yea the track graphic is sick, I really like the side by side comparison
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:00 PM   #15
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:30 PM   #16
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Cool. (no pun intended)

Subie probably would have done better with another 40lbs lost with lighter wheels!
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:32 PM   #17
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this track is wicked looks like fun
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Old 03-06-2009, 03:39 PM   #18
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we have to make due with finding a big open parking lot here in philly. +1 for an awesome winter driving spot.
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Old 03-06-2009, 03:52 PM   #19
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:19 PM   #20
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+1 for suby!
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:51 PM   #21
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Cool. (no pun intended)

Subie probably would have done better with another 40lbs lost with lighter wheels!
they used the BBS rims with snows for the testing
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:25 PM   #22
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I came into a Subie from a Mitsu (Talon TSi). I'm hooked on Subaru's now, but Mitsubishi is still a good car that I wouldn't mind having. The biggest draw to Subaru was it's legendary durability. I was under the hood of my Talon at least once per oil change doing something.

Funny thing about that awesome graph is the notation of the EVO's understeer. I thought this was a Subaru issue.

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Old 03-06-2009, 07:11 PM   #23
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stupid video...who wants a loose car?
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:33 PM   #24
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