When Rally Homologation Legends Go Drag Racing, Everyone Wins

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Photo credit: Carwow - YouTube
Photo credit: Carwow - YouTube

Watching expensive new supercars drag race each other is fun, sure. But we get the most joy out of watching rally-inspired special-edition sport sedans from the Nineties going head-to-head on a runway for bragging rights.

Carwow brought together two of the coolest homologation-inspired Japanese sport sedans on the planet to see which is quicker in a drag race. The first, an Impreza P1, is one of just 1000 examples built by ProDrive following the success of the legendary 22B. It's going against a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Tommi Makinen Edition—arguably the most desirable Evo variant ever. Both cars make 280 hp from turbocharged four-cylinders, both cars send power to all four wheels, and both cars have five-speed manual transmissions. But only one can be quickest.

In two straight-up drag races, it's the Evo that walks away with the win each time. Both cars get strong starts, but the Lancer's slightly higher torque figure is what lets it walk away. In two roll races, though, it's the Impreza that dominates, likely because of its better power-to-weight ratio. Same goes for the braking test, where the P1 takes an easy victory.

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