Quote: about the Bmw 2002 tii
I would agree.
The point is that no one on this thread would go near a new car with only 138 hp at nearly 6k rpm. 0-60mph in 10seconds as performance?? That's laughed at.
They would not buy it. You probably wouldn't even buy it for your spouse, considering it "underpowered" and thus dangerous.
We are way skewed where power numbers are concerned. Cars have far more power than in the muscle car era, and they can handle and stop, which those could not.
As for the looks dept., well were not always so good these days.
It is probably easier to find a car with 300hp than one that gets 30mpg around town.
We are totally spoiled in the performance dept.
If we were willing to accept 0-60mph in 10secs as a performance car, then a merely decent, above average car would be more like 40+ mpg in the city.
Tog.... Well the original Miata was 2100lbs. and had a whooping 116hp stock.....they've been selling a few of these (now 900,000+) They have grown to 2500lbs and 167hp today (15lb/1hp)
The real problem is the weight of todays cars. Even a "Mini" Cooper weighs in @ 2600lbs (originals were 1300lbs)