Top Gear On Ice: Subaru's WRX takes on the Audi RS3
A pair of turbocharged hot hatches prove that AWD isn't just about safety and security...
Posted: 17 Apr 2012
This is a proper, rally-bred thing. The squat boxer engine, which feels like it's a carpet's breadth from my knees, drops the centre of gravity, inspiring confidence way beyond my ability. On the first left, the arse swings round till I'm on the lock stops andlets me put on as much power as I dare. The Audi's ESP would have deposited me in a snow-drift 20 feet ago, but the incorrigible, playful little Subaru just wants me to keep going. Preferably faster.
Wonderful on an ice lake. Less so when you're dropping the kids off at nursery. But that's what's remarkable about the Scoob; there's a proper duality to it. Switch all the Stig-spec buttons off, and it's an obedient companion - the four-wheel drive gathers up over-egged corners before you even know you're in trouble, and it'll grip with reassuring tenacity on some deeply hostile surfaces.