• Apr 15, 2011
Evo Magazine hot hatch comparison – Click above to watch video after the jump

Occasionally, we can't help but think we were born in the wrong corner of the globe. With our penchant for diesel fuel, wagons, hatchbacks and forced-induction four-cylinders, something tells us we would have been right at home growing up on the old continent.

Why all this musing on our misplaced youth? The boys at Evo Magazine have just released a new teaser video for the rag's upcoming issue, and the cover story is rife with all sorts of metal we don't get to play with here in the Land of the Free. The editors lined up three of the meanest hatchback bruisers available in the EU and matched them up against a mighty Ferrari Enzo. That's right, an Enzo. Go big or go home, fellas.

The contenders include a Ford Focus RS, a Subaru WRX STI Spec C and the blistering new Audi RS 3 Sportback. For those of you who are keeping score, our chubby Yank hands won't even get close to touching any of that hardware in our neck of the woods. How'd the three musketeers stand up to the might Italian stallion? Your guess is as good as ours. We'll have to pick up the next Evo Magazine to find out. In the meantime, check out the video after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Georgian!

[Source: EVO via YouTube]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      The reason why this comparison works it because they are on public roads in less than ideal conditions. Roads where the 3 challenger car thrive and a road where the Enzo needs to adjust more to conditions than the other 3. This isn't a bad comparison. It's not like they stuck them all on a track, that would be extremely anti-climatic.

      Also understand that the Enzo is on 10 years old now. And these 3 cars are brand new. Its showing where technology has come in 10 years. When the Enzo was new, the best hot hatches of the day didn't have a chance in any comparison other than going to the supermarket. Present day though that gap has closed up a bit, and in conditions more favorable to the hot hatch the gap will be extremely close or non-existent. The Enzo isn't even Ferrari's top car anymore, probably hasn't been since the F430 Challenge.

      Evo is probably the best car magazine/car reviewers currently in the world. Their articles rarely contain fluff and always have a fairly focused point.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed, can't wait to read that article on EVO.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hill climb performance is for drivers with wrecking balls in their pants. They should have asked this guy on the difference between Enzo and hot hatches on mountain roads:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd1i1ZP3Aec
        not some journos that will never dare go over the speed limit up there.

        I'm not interested.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just bought this after I saw this article. It's definately worth a read. I mean the whole mag in general. Chris Harris even talks about how forgoing LSD for using ECU-controlled chassis could be the "epiccentre of the future of sportscars" from McLaren's MP4-12C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not to nitpick, but did he say the STi was a 2 litre? Isn't it 2.5?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Subaru is from Litchfield, which imports cars into the UK. So thus the 2.0l used in Japan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Interesting, is that to keep it "rally spec" or spec C and the 2.5 is for all other STis?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This be boring ! (and, anti climatic)

      I was hoping to see a 3-way test, between a AMC Pacer with the
      V-8; the 318 Cu.In V-8 in a Dodge Demon and a Chevy Nova with "Big 6".

      Let down again. Oh well...back to Consumer Reports.
      hq129x
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time for a reality check here people. In the USA I couldn't care if the car had 1000 HP. So you want to be the first one to the next red light at $ 4.00 plus a gallon? Where are you going to use these cars on a public road to show how great they are? It's all about bragging rights and a status symbol.
        Rockacello
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hq129x
        Why are you here?
        Phontsolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hq129x
        I don't really care about horse power as it relates to racing someone else. I love horse power when i get to use it on the highway or on a regular street for my own self amusement. Makes me smile.
      • 3 Years Ago
      MTV, without music? I'll be sure not to buy EVO any time soon.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        music would ruin it...i prefer to hear the sound of of the engine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gotta love the rev sounds these cars give off. It makes my ears happy :)
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      The issue is actually available now on the iPad. It's issue 156 I believe. I just downloaded it this morning.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Like there's any other tablet out there.

        If you have any sort of creative outlet, you'd be amazed at what you can do with one,Willie. I can use it in my recording studio, pilots are using them to replace old-school maps.

        Is there anything they CAN'T do?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Check out my review of EVO magazine for iPad: http://wp.me/pTle9-1G
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's a lot the iPad can't do. If I want to transcode a 300gb uncompressed 1920x1080 AVI into a 10,000kbps 1920x1080 H.264 MP4 the thing would get done in... oh... 45 days. No wait, never. Because the thing would certainly catch on fire. Not to mention they don't have an app for that. I won't even go into the editing process to actually generate something like that... the video editing software currently available for the iPad is something equivalent to Fisher Price's My First Video Editor.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You bought an iPad? HAHAHAHA

        Sorry, I didn't mean it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ xenigo Why on Earth would you want to do that with an iPad? That is not at all what the device is meant to do. My rig with a core i7, 4 SSDs in a RAID6 configuration, and 16gb of RAM, all contained in a full-size tower could handle that with no problem...but good luck bringing it on a train or plane. Don't forget the monitor, keyboard, and mouse! Tablets are not meant to be computing powerhouses; they are meant as a device that is portable enough to justify its use over a traditional laptop or netbook while providing more functionality than a smartphone. It ultimately comes down to personal preference whether or not a tablet is suitable for your mobile computing needs, but it is completely unrealistic to demand such performance you described from a tablet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      We can get closest to the STI Spec C but not close enough unfortunately. :(
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would still keep my enzo even if they where Enzo killers. Theres much more to cars then speed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB, apparently all of you have chubby hands which leads me to believe you all of you are chubby. No wonder you can't get hold of the vehicles.
      Good video, thanks.
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