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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 03:03 AM
    This comparison may open some eyes as well as elevate Volkswagen's performance standing. The 2015 Subaru WRX STI is an absolutely awesome car and a nice tuning platform bargain considering the all wheel drive and turbocharged 2.5 liter boxer motor offering 305 horsepower for $39,290. The Golf R slightly undercuts the STI at its $37,415 base price but it is practically a wash between the two. The Golf R however has a smaller 2.0 liter inline-4 engine with 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The power difference is marginal but the advantage the Golf R has is the DSG dual clutch transmission versus the STI manual. So which is faster in a straight line? The Golf R but only slightly due to its 104.9 mile per hour trap speed. The STI manages a 104.4 so this is basically a driver's race considering they both get a 13.1 second elapsed time. What about how much each weighs? Well, this is close as well. The STI checks in a 3367 pounds and the Gold R at 3384. How much gas is in the tank can change which one is lighter so again basically a wash. This brings us to the handling prowess. Both cars do the MotorTrend figure 8 in 24.9 seconds but the Gold R pulls .85g compared to the STI .79g. This is very interesting considering on the skidpad the STI averages .97g and the Gold R averages .94g. This should tell you that the Golf R transitions better. This shows on the roadcourse as the Golf R laps Laguna Seca in 1:46.01. The STI does it in 1:47.16. A difference of over a second? That is not small folks. The laptime may be misleading as the Golf R grabs a nice chunk in turn 6 and its transmission certainly helps as well. Regardless, the Golf R is over a second quicker around Laguna Seca. This segment will really heat up once the Ford Focus RS gets in the mix. For now, the Golf R makes a strong case for the top position. However, the STI is still the choice as the true driver's car with its manual transmission and stiffer suspension. It is going to be fun seeing the Focus thrown into the mix with these two. 2015 Subaru WRX STI (Limited) 2015 Volkswagen Golf R POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD Front-engine, AWD ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged flat-4, alum block/heads Turbocharged I-4, iron block/alum head VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 149.9 cu in/2,457cc 121.0 cu in/1,984cc COMPRESSION RATIO 8.2:1 9.6:1 POWER (SAE NET) 305 hp @ 6,000 rpm 292 hp @ 5,400 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 290 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 280 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm REDLINE 6,700 rpm 6,500 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 11.0 lb/hp 11.6 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual 6-speed twin-clutch auto AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.90:1/2.94:1 4.77:1 (1-4); 3.44:1 (5-6,R)/2.79:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 13.0:1 9.5:1-14.1:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.5 2.1 BRAKES, F;R 13.0-in vented disc;12.4-in vented disc, ABS 13.4-in vented disc;12.2-in vented disc, ABS WHEELS 8.5 x 18-in, forged aluminum 8.0 x 19-in, cast aluminum TIRES 245/40R18 97W Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 235/35R19 91Y Bridgestone Potenza RE050A DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 104.3 in 103.5 in TRACK, F/R 60.2/60.6 in 60.7/59.7 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 180.9 x 70.7 x 58.1 in 168.4 x 70.8 x 56.5 in TURNING CIRCLE 36.0 ft 35.8 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,367 lb 3,384 lb WEIGHT DIST.,F/R 59/41% 60/40% SEATING CAPACITY 5 5 HEADROOM, F/R 37.2/37.1 in 38.4/38.1 in LEGROOM, F/R 43.3/35.4 in 41.2/35.6 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 55.6/54.2 in 55.9/53.9 in CARGO VOLUME* 12.0 cu ft 52.7/22.8 cu ft (beh f/r seats) TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.3 sec 1.5 sec 0-40 2.3 2.3 0-50 3.2 3.3 0-60 4.6 4.5 0-70 6.0 5.8 0-80 7.5 7.5 0-90 9.7 9.5 0-100 11.9 11.7 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.5 2.3 QUARTER MILE 13.1 sec @ 104.4 mph 13.1 sec @ 104.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 108 ft 108 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.97 g (avg) 0.94 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.9 sec @ 0.79 g (avg) 24.9 sec @ 0.85 g (avg) 2.21-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 107.16 sec 106.01 sec TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 2,400 rpm 2,250 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $39,290 $37,415 PRICE AS TESTED $40,790 $39,910 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/yes Yes/yes AIRBAGS Dual front, front side, f/r curtain Dual front, front side, f/r curtain BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 15.9 gal 14.5 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 17/23/19 mpg 23/30/26 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 198/147 kW-hrs/100 miles 147/112 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.01 lb/mile 0.75 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 21.6/24.9/23.0 mpg 21.8/30.9/25.1 mpg * Cargo volume is computed differently for sedans and hatchbacks, hence these figures are not directly comparable
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 02:51 AM
    We dismiss most tuner claims that are not backed up. Considering this comes from Evolution Motorsports who does very well in the Porsche world we will take them at their word for now. However, why claim 1500+ horsepower without any proof? It's possible that this car is involved in a bit of racing where sandbagging is prevalent. That raises the question of why they said anything at all though as stating 1500+ horsepower certainly is not exactly creating much mystery. People may also be wondering why anyone would do a turbocharged GT3? Well, there are several advantages. For one, the car is lighter than a 911 Turbo. Secondly, it revs much higher and comes with higher flowing heads to begin with. You boost a GT3 and you can make more power with less boost than a 911 Turbo. With equivalent air flow, the GT3 should always make more power in theory. Once building the motor for pure power it actually makes all the sense in the world. All we have is this teaser picture clearly showing one of the pair of turbos hanging off the rear. We would love to have more details on this car. EVOMS: "She's alive! Evolution Motorsports latest creation. 4.0L 1,500+ HP Porsche997 ‪#‎GT3‬ Built by John Bray, Matt Perry and fabrication by Al Berini. Can't wait to run this beast and tear up the half mile"
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 AM
    Based on the specs the price is irrelevant. Plus the GTR price has inflated a lot. You don't have to get the Nismo. Still, that comparison was very interesting.
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  • Gmanuel11's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    Until they both get lap times on other tracks, we can only look at that one example. I think the corvette will outperform the gtr on some tracks. Who knows, they may have to make the corvette awd to give it the stability it needs. I do agree that Cadillac needs to just nut up and go to the ring or wherever the M5 and E63 have lapped and destroy the times they have set.
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  • Stevenh's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:59 PM
    Thats great and all, but the Nismo cost nearly twice as much as the Z06. I'd like to see how a base GTR does up against it.
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  • lfelunden's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:06 PM
    Should have been the same, with DCT, LSD and same fueling setup as the Huracan (Direct fuel injection and indirect fuel injection) maybe some electric motors in the front to get down on the CO2 and high MPG in the city lol :) Should be easy 10s with that setup!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:41 PM
    You mean this? http://www.boostaddict.com/content.php?5748-Godzilla-bites-back-2015-Chevrolet-Z06-versus-2015-Nissan-GT-R-NISMO-comparison-test
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  • Sabre's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:35 PM
    Recently on head 2 head they pinned the c7 z06 vs the NISMO GTR who destroyed it on the track by a substantial margin, (1.4 seconds I believe) despite the Z06's higher specs and considering the GTR's heavier weight and dated hardware.... will be interesting to see how the CTS and ATS end up performing.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:12 PM
    If they want to get serious discussion going they shouldn't photoshop themselves into the discussion. They should take the CTS-V, grab an M5 and E63, and show the CTS-V dusting them where it counts.
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  • Gmanuel11's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    I think the real trolling will come when people in CTS-V's pull up next to M5's at stoplights. Cadillac has surpassed M with the CTS, and with the good start of the ATS, I'm thinking the story will be the same for the next generation of that segment. This assumes that BMW doesn't go all out on the next M cars.
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:12 PM
    I personally think it is hilarious. Companies often times take themselves too seriously. Cadillac is just having fun and hopefully this starts a little back and forth much like the audi/BMW billboard debacle. -Rich
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  • DavidV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:54 AM
    Both images are Photoshopped. Cadillac didn't even have the balls to drive their car to the BMW M division. Sad really.
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  • Stevenh's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 AM
    Jeeze, the photoshop job in the 2nd picture looks like it was done by a kindergartner.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:12 AM
    Cadillac is doing great things lately. They are rolling out high performance cars such as the ATS-V coupe and sedan which are aimed squarely at their German rivals. It is no secret that BMW M has been and is the benchmark in the class from a driver's car perspective. When you are on top others want to take you down and Cadillac apparently is trying to get attention by trolling BMW using their European Twitter feed. Is BMW doing this to Cadillac? No. BMW knows they are the standard so they could care less about Cadillac. Cadillac comes off looking desperate for attention from the German brands. They also are trying to put themselves in the conversation with M by trolling M. They need to remind people that the ATS-V is an M4 competitor by taking pictures with the M4. They are taking the time to go to M, not the other way around. This kind of thing can backfire (anyone remember how it backfired for Audi back in the day with their billboard calling out BMW?) and make a company look petty instead of professional. Cadillac does not have the performance or luxury pedigree of the Germans... yet. They are doing good things and should focus on that. Trying to get the Germans' attention by screaming for it just makes them look like they are not ready to play with the big boys. People should know the ATS-V is the M4 competitor on their own. If you have to yell to get in the conversation, you were never in it to begin with.
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