Very interesting, thanks for all that info... I am now sufficiently enlightened.
They are very very ugly though... 200kg heavier is a signifcant disadvantage, especially when down on power (in standard guise)
Our cars are streets ahead in interior layout. Older Nissans and especially Subarus (I'm talking about RSK B4's) have really shit layout inside.
I really like the way our console is laid out - the star trek kind of recessed clock area, lighty up clocks and everything close to hand...
Only thing I don't really like is the naf fake wood grain although it certainly looks better when combined with a beige leather interior.
Is there any way to tell the 260RS apart from the others (apart from the badge I'm guessing)
A VR-4 stock for stock is easily quicker than a series 1 Stagea.... we're talking 187kW vs 208kW and twin turbo spooling for the VR-4 as well. A series 2 Stagea (with 208kW NEO engine) I don't know, might be closer. The VR4 isn't quicker just on paper, it does feel it also when driving one vs driving a Stag.
Stagea comes in:
RS FOUR V (4wd auto)
RS V (rwd auto)
RS FOUR S (4wd manual)
RS S would be logically the rwd manual but I don't think I've seen them called that, heh never noticed it.
Manuals were only introduced in series 2 Stageas
A 260RS (the RB26DETT version, ie GTR wagon) will demolish a VR-4 without breaking a sweat.... prices are coming down into the low 20's for these so I think you'll see a few more around soon. Never came in a 6 speed Trev.
The ATTESSA system in the Stagea I don't think is as advanced as AYC, it's more a front/rear traction split sytem, while AYC has a yaw sensor used in it's calculations which I don't think ATESSA has. ATTESSA is probably close to the VR-4's traction control, with AYC being the trump card
The biggest advantage to a Stagea (taste/style aside as that's subjective) is that sharing so many parts with the R33 there will always be cheap and available spares with plenty of people who know how to work on them, while a VR4 will always be a little rarer (which can be a good thing as well ).