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Subaru WRX STI Spec.R Auto, Lancer Evolution MR SST And VW Golf R DSG


As tested pricing:

Evolution MR SST: $73,390

WRX STI spec.R automatic: $63,000

Volkswagen Golf R DSG: (RRP)

Subaru’s iconic WRX Mitsubishi’s rally-bred Lancer and Volkswagen’s impressive new Golf R. a predictable match-up, but here’s the

The arrival of an automatic-equipped STI in September marked the first time all three were available a self-shifting gearbox. The question is: is best, and, does for an automatic really dilute the fun

TMR chose to test the highest-grade of each car the STI spec.R, the Evolution MR and a R five-door with nearly option-box ticked. All have all have leather and all have mod-cons to make the daily bearable. Most importantly all have automatic gearboxes.

We put all of to the test not only on sinuous roads, but also on congested streets. The outcome wasn’t as as we’d like, but each car its own unique advantages and disadvantages.

Best Mechanical Spec: Evolution

All three cars four cylinders, a turbocharger and drive underpinnings. Both the R and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution do with a 2.0 litre displacement, the WRX STI boasts a 2.5 litre boxer

Despite their outward each powertrain varies in output. The Golf R is the least with 188kW and 330Nm. The is next with 217kW and while the Subaru produces and 350Nm 50Nm less a manual-equipped STI.

Both the and the Lancer feature a six speed automatic transmission, with shifters behind the steering The Subaru makes do with a five-speed hydraulic automatic, with paddle shifters.

The drivetrain utilises a sophisticated control program to shuffle between each wheel, a constantly variable front-rear split. The STI’s torque is normally 45:55 front to but is also variable according to conditions.

Unfortunately, Subaru’s STI misses out on the Driver Control Differential (DCCD) of the manual which enables the driver to more torque to the front or axle via a centre console-mounted and thus induce more (or oversteer during cornering.

The Lancer Evolution’s S-AWC can split drive not only to rear, but right to left. By sending more power to the wheels, it improves cornering markedly. The driver can select Tarmac, Gravel or Snow which enables greater angles and better traction on surfaces.

All cars feature a strut front and multi-link suspension, with the Golf R we also being fitted the optional Adaptive Chassis suspension package.

Best Golf R

The Golf R has the classiest of this bunch, with material quality and a supremely build. There’s nothing bad about the Mitsubishi’s or Subaru’s design, however they down-market in comparison to the Golf’s

The Golf’s leather-trimmed seats preferable to the STI’s standard (which had good upper support but poor lateral in the squab), but were outshone by the Lancer Evolution’s Recaros.

We the shape of the Evolution’s perfectly-concentric and trimmed steering wheel, lament the lack of telescopic in the steering column. The Golf’s steering wheel looks but its deep scalloping doesn’t when twirling the wheel lock to lock.

The Golf R’s shift are mounted to the wheel itself, can cause issues for big-handed The column-mounted paddles of the STI and Evolution are a comfortable distance from the

While the Evolution has the grippiest seats, they’re also the comfortable in this match-up. The seats are the best compromise comfort and performance, while the STI’s front seats are the to live with in day-to-day

Best Performance: Lancer

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There’s no denying it the Lancer is easily the best performer. it’s down 500cc on the motor, the Evo’s propensity to rev and its chassis technology make it the car over a twisting road.

Its twin-clutch gearbox shifts in the of an eye, and the grip from its rolling stock is eye-widening. a perfomance standpoint, the Evolution MR is to beat.

The Golf puts up a fight mind you, despite being the least it too is impressively rapid on a country In stark contrast to the Lancer, the R’s powertrain is almost and the seamless shifts of its DSG gearbox no interruption to power delivery.

Conversely, the STI is handicapped by its gearbox. the Subaru’s automatic blips its on downshifts, it’s a fraction too on upshifts. On any other day we’d be by its performance — especially for an — but it feels slow in the of the Evo and Golf R.

It also doesn’t as ‘pointy’ as the others, despite on the same Dunlop SP Sport 600 as the Evo.

Where the Evo and Golf R firm, direct steering, the tiller feels over-assisted and a loose. There’s more than the Golf R’s steering, sure, but the STI’s could do with a meatier

Where the STI does excel, is in urban driving. The hydraulic is easier to live with in traffic (whereas the Evolution and R’s twin-clutch transmissions are and the STI’s suspension is far more than that of the other two the R in particular borders on unbearably

Our Verdict | Best Overall: Evolution

The Golf R is the most of the bunch, and, a full less than the Evo (as tested), the value of these self-shifters. On the its too stiff for regular street (unless you opt for the optional ACC suspension) and the experience feels a little

The self-shifting STI also just the mark; it is too heavily compromised by its transmission. That said, for driving, it would be our pick. The two can’t match it for overall and, also a plus, a lot of appeal in its aggressive lines an consideration for those laying out on a performance car.

While the Evolution isn’t terribly thanks to its steering wheel and firm suspension, it is without the fastest and most satisfying at the If you want a car that you can drive to on weekdays and dominate trackdays on the Lancer Evolution is the car for you.

In of whether optioning an automatic spoils the fun, well in the case of the STI and Golf R it does. The STI is quicker with a six-speed and although the Golf R is arguably at its with a DSG bolted to its engine the manual is more enjoyable and

The Evolution’s twin-clutch is the exception. It raw, like it was plucked a racecar and dropped into a by mistake. That’s part of its though, and we prefer it to the Evo’s five-speed manual.

So, if you’re for an auto and racecar performance, twin-clutch SST Evolution gets our

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