This is the legendary BMW E30 M3:

How far we've come.

in 1988 its mad, race derived, 2.3L four cylinder put out 192 horsies, giving it the highest specific output of any normally aspirated piston engine of its day.


0-60 blurred past in 6.9 seconds.

1/4 mile in 15.2 sec @ 92 mph.

They had sublime handling as well, and have rightly earned collector car status, demanding some lofty prices for good examples.


This is the Subaru BRZ:

How far we've come.

It's 2014 2.0L flat 4 only puts out a middling 200hp, way underpowered.

0-60 takes forever at 6.3 seconds.

1/4 mile is a yawn inducing 14.9 @ 95 mph.

It does, however, also possess sublime handling that is universally praised.

Oh, and the BRZ starts at a way overpriced $25,495. T

he BMW rang in at $34,810. In 1988. In 2014 dollars that's $69,530.