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clarkma5
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drive...rticleId=117762

So edmunds had a 6-way comparison test between the 6 cars listen in the poll above, and their ranking went as follows:

1. Mazdaspeed3
2. Impreza WRX TR
3. Civic Si
4. Cooper S
5. GTI
6. Cobalt SS

Just wondering what you guys would vote for.

Chevy Cobalt SS Supercharged
Streets of Willow lap time: 1:34.90
0-60 MPH: 7.1 s
1/4 mile: 15.2 s @ 95.6 MPH
60-0 MPH: 121 ft.
Max. Lateral Grip: 0.87 g

Engine: 2.0 liter I4, supercharged, 205 HP and 200 ft.-lbs. of torque
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive, 5-speed manual with limited slip diff
Weight: 2937 lbs.
Pros: Turns good, rides good, handles good, midpack acceleration combined with above average abilities in the twisties.
Cons: Least practical here, shite interior, generally rough around the edges, silly spoiler



Honda Civic Si Coupe
Streets of Willow lap time: 1:36.20
0-60 MPH: 7.5 s
1/4 mile: 15.5 s @ 91.1 MPH
60-0 MPH: 125 ft.
Max. Lateral Grip: 0.86 g

Engine: 2.0 liter I4, 197 HP and 139 ft.-lbs. of torque
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive, 6-speed manual with limited slip diff
Weight: 2836 lbs.
Pros: Exciting power delivery, sharp handling, nice interior materials
Cons: Bizarre interior design, low on torque and general straightline performance



Mazdaspeed3
Streets of Willow lap time: 1:33.65
0-60 MPH: 5.9 s
1/4 mile: 14.2 s @ 100.1 MPH
60-0 MPH: 116 ft.
Max. Lateral Grip: 0.88 g

Engine: 2.3 liter I4, turbocharged, 263 HP and 280 ft.-lbs. of torque
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive, 6-speed manual with limited slip diff
Weight: 3163 lbs.
Pros: Fastest car here, good interior design and materials
Cons: Artificial torque limiting, power delivery dies off at the top end, heaviest



Mini Cooper S (current model, non-JCW)
Streets of Willow lap time: 1:38.05
0-60 MPH: 7.4 s
1/4 mile: 15.6 s @ 92.1 MPH
60-0 MPH: 131 ft.
Max. Lateral Grip: 0.78 g

Engine: 1.6 liter I4, supercharged, 168 HP and 162 ft.-lbs. of torque
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive, 6-speed manual
Weight: 2660 lbs.
Pros: Lightweight, most go-kart-ish one here
Cons: Pricy, less-than-functional interior, low power and grip



Subaru Impreza WRX TR
Streets of Willow lap time: 1:36.45
0-60 MPH: 5.9 s
1/4 mile: 14.3 s @ 95.5 MPH
60-0 MPH: 135 ft.
Max. Lateral Grip: 0.82 g

Engine: 2.5 liter H4, turbocharged, 230 HP and 235 ft.-lbs. of torque
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive, 5-speed manual
Weight: 3122 lbs.
Pros: AWD allows for something besides understeer at the limit, gutsy engine
Cons: Softly sprung, shitty tires kill grip/braking, relatively devoid of features



Volkswagen GTI 2-door
Streets of Willow lap time: 1:37.15
0-60 MPH: 7.2 s
1/4 mile: 15.3 s @ 93.6 MPH
60-0 MPH: 128 ft.
Max. Lateral Grip: 0.83 g

Engine: 2.0 liter I4, turbocharged, 200 HP and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive, 6-speed manual
Weight: 3133 lbs.
Pros: Nice interior, most livable for when the road goes straight
Cons: Softly sprung, overly reserved for enthusiastic driving

Tirminyl
Mazdaspeed 3 would be my only choice. Second would be the Civic Si.
PBB
MS3. Fast and practical, the best parts of a sport compact.

WRX in second and Cobalt in 3rd.
Tirminyl
QUOTE(PBB @ Dec 4 2006, 08:13 PM) *
MS3. Fast and practical, the best parts of a sport compact.


It's a hatch to boot!
Mr b00st
1) MS3 - fastest and most practical
2) GTi - refined, well built, and fast
3) WRX - always wanted on e
4) Civic Si - love the interior, needs more torques
5) MCS - weaksauce
6) Cobalt S/C - no thanks.
infinity
1)WRX TR
2)MS3
3)Civic Si
4)GTi
5)Cobalt SS
6)Cooper S
clarkma5
The Cobalt is actually the one that attracts me most. ohdear.gif Chevy fucking NAILED the handling on the car, it drives brilliantly, but its interior is so shitty, the engine does weird things at part throttle, and the shifter sucks. But it tugs at my heart strings the hardest.

The GTI...the GTI broke my heart. It was supposed to be good, but it's just not what I wanted it to be, in so many ways.

I'd take the Si for its engine and general feel, but I cannot stand that stupid dash.

I'd take the WRX for its specs and AWD system, but the WRX just doesn't have the feel I want it to...its heavy in places where I don't want it to be heavy and light in places where I don't want it to be light.

The MS3 makes the most sense but leaves me cold somehow. And the Mini Cooper...I just flat out don't like them, and their performance isn't up to par (you need the JCW mini to stack up with this bunch, and those cost a fortune).

I can't possibly make up my mind on this, which is why I made it into a poll. To give me some time and space to sort the conflict out.
Halflifehavock13
Mazda desu.
fiber optic
1.) WRX
2.) Mini
redlinehappiness
1.mazda.
2.Wrx
one
wrx.
ms3.
moe
The fanboi in me wants to say MS3, but I kicked his ass and locked him in the basement...WRX.

AWD FTW!
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