With all the cars out there with 600+ hp these days, and some with really affordable prices, have horsepower numbers lost their wow effect? My friend is looking to buy a beast of some sort, either zl1, gt500, or hellcat, and we were discussing some alternatives to those options, and there are also plenty available with 500+ hp. While I was talking to him, I realized how run of the mill the conversation was. 10 years ago, if I heard that a car even had 550 hp, I was sure that that much power would tear a hole in space and time.
I love horsepower, I REALLY do, and all I want is more of it, but have we become so power focused that we no longer are shocked by big hp numbers? Isn't being shocked by the power of a car part of the whole reason you get more hp?