Welp, the 2008 Subaru Impreza possibly just took the 2005 Skoda Fabia’s crown as best car for a predictable, calm and stable drive. Handles like a dream so far whilst I smash it through Poland at high-speed, a location where it can be very easy to come unstuck whilst bouncing off the rev limiter in top gear. The 2007 Ford Focus RS Rally is a different beast to how it was in the original DiRT Rally, this feels much more lively and aggressive in a similar vein to the DiRT 4 version. Has the potential to be seriously fast but it also will require a bit more learning to adjust to the car’s characteristics, such as the car getting a little loose or understeery at high speed when getting off the throttle.
All in all, so far two thumbs up from me for the two new cars. The Ford Focus is a series staple but this is one of the few, if not first, times the 2008 Subaru Impreza has been in the series. Similar looking hatchback Subaru Imprezas have been in the franchise before, such as the 2011 NR4 variant in the original DiRT Rally, but never the original WRC car that Petter Solberg drove for the Subaru World Rally Team.