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Old 06-29-2004, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since the 330i and WRX have similar power outputs, which of the 2 is quiker in a straight line? my mate recons his is faster, which i can't really argue, but i suggested that a race from point t o point (A to B) in a twisty road, it would be a more even match, if not, the 330i (or 330Ci fo that matter) would have the upper edge.
He laughed and said that the Rex is built for those kinda roads.
What do you guys recon?
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Old 06-29-2004, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well... the WRX... is all wheel drive.. so its gonna be quicker off the line... naturally.... a 330Ci has torque..... so.... in a twisty road... it might just be fun to watch.... I dont really know though.. sorry.
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^^ What he said. I personally really really like the WRX so I'm just going to say it wins.
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Old 06-29-2004, 07:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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heheh... silly newbie. Well it depends on a couple factors:
-Who is the better driver (maybe u couldve won, but like u missed a gear of something)
-Mods to the car (big factor)
Well i would put my money on the WRX, all wheel drive, quick excell., but a slightly modded 3series could def put that sucka down! Well good luck, and give us the results!
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I'd race him.... it'd be fun to see his face in my rear view... hehe...
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Who cares.

They are totally different cars, built with totally different intentions, to fill two totally different segments of the market.

I'm sure his car does well in the twisties w/ all wheel drive and that much hp, but I wouldn't give up all the ammenities, build quality, and one hell of a torquey powerplant to spin all four wheels at the same time.

This rant isn't really targeted at you, I'm just sick of everyone judging the WRX based on stats in a magazine. I've driven one, and just wasn't all that impressed. It's quick and handles nice, but the car is not made all that well, and the interior is just plain cheap.

At $30K, I would take an R32 over an STi any day.

BTW, if he does beat ya, just tell him you were busy fooling with the heated bavarian leather seats :nana
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I don't get the bashing on WRX's. Yes the STI is overkill and needlessly stripped on the interior. But a standard WRX is very comfortable inside and easy to live with. The only thing that separates it from the BMW 330i is the level of plastics used, leather (but the wrx has great momo seats from factory though). and I would think the subaru has better dependability over bmw, just because of the two manufacturers pasts.

I'm sick of these two comparisons... these are two completely different cars meant for two diffent buyers. I think the performance levels are similar, but the reason someone would spend $15,000 over a $24,000 WRX is because the want rear wheel drive, bmw handling, and bmw prestige.

Both of them are great cars, but they are soooo different. Lets stop the bashing on the WRX because a tastefully modded or stock WRX is not necessarily rice. It's someones baby who wants a clean, simple, comfortable performance sedan.
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they have the same horsepower but the WRX has AWD. You will slowly pull up to him after he launces and slowly pull away. From a roll, WRX would just get pulled on slowly until your car is farrrr ahead.
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^^ What he said. I personally really really like the WRX so I'm just going to say it wins.
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO go 2 hell BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

anwyays the "rex" is but ugly. EVO > WRX

and ima say e46 > wrx cuz that hood scoop is liek anti-aerodynamics
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well, i would put my money on the 330 ...

wrx look cheap
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The biggest factor is the model of scooby....

Sorry to say that the 330 won't keep pace off the line with an impreza.
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I just sold my WRX last year and bought a 325Ci, so take it from me when I say that the WRX is crazy fast no matter where you're driving. My friend has a 330, and it does not compare to the acceleration and pure power of the WRX engine. I don't know what the 330 does in the 1/4, but I ran a 14.5 with a CAI and Uppipe on 18's. But let's get real, the WRX was meant for curves, and it still holds its own in straight lines. You can argue the comfort, or the cheap interior, or the prestige, but to answer your simple question as to which is faster...WRX all the way.
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