Since Feb 02, I have owned a 1989 2WD Cossie that I found for five hundred quid on the continent. It has had 'one or two' mods and now has an output well over 300 BHP.
Despite high quality coil-overs and top notch brakes, it still inspires little confidence in the bends, and on wet roundabouts you have to drive like an old lady in third gear to avoid pointing the wrong way (the rear tyres are always bald). The lag is massive, the power is late, and the powertrain is industrial.
But this is 80s engineering, and it cannot be compared to the highly impressive, modern Evos and Imprezas that flatter bad drivers enormously and make good drivers look like superstars.
Aside from warped discs (original equipment) this thing has actually required almost nothing in terms of maintenance, and just goes and goes.
It was supposed to be a daft project car, and now it is giving me severe doubts about paying the relatively vast sums associated with the current crop of 'performance' cars.
RS500's are 224bhp, I own one! A stage 3 chip, green injectors, filter and exhaust will have it showing 378.7bhp.
As for Scooby's...way too common, loads of 19 year olds have got them now due to their cheap resale price.
Cosworths have a huge following... Also it's a good British legend.
I do like Evo's though. Mate of mine has one and it handles like nothing I have ever been in, amazing car.