EVO GSR vs. WRX STI...Who Wins?...335xi...
Automobile Magazine 4/08 article by jason cammisa
Evo tested at $35k
STI tested at $40k
335 tested at $47k
"The lancer evo's raucous in-line four could wake the dead. Inside the car, it sounds like a blender. Outside, a jet helicopter. The engine is so vocal you don't need a tach."
"The 335xi's operatic engine and great steering feedback keep its driver as involved as the Evo's but as confident as the STI's."
"The second you climb into the BMW, you really realize that you've just graduated from t-ball straight to the major leagues. Everything your fingers touch feel twice as expensive. With the proverbial twist of the key (the bmw uses a start button), discussion about the slight acceleration difference between the STI and the Evo are immediately silenced. The BMW beat both the Japanese cars in a straight line.
From a standing start, the 335 was merely a bit quicker than the other two cars, but in real world driving it's significantly faster. The Evo's engine slowly comes alive from 3k rpm; the STI's wakes up suddenly at 4k rpm. The 335 however, is always alert, achieving peak boost at 1400 rpm - pulling all the way to 7k rpm. Around town, it feels twice as powerful as either four cylinders, and on the highways, it simply walks away from both.
Some enthusiasts, though, will always view the pair as sub - $20k economy cars with $20k in upgrades, no matter their performance chops. A few years back, both the STI and the Evo were fantastic bargains at about $30k. However, as these japanese rally cars creep up in price, more and more boy racers will understandably stretch their budgets and look toward Germany."