Originally Posted by LarThaL
Cars just weren't this powerful. If you go back a number of years, most Ferraris and Lamborghinis had less power and torque than the current M3. I remember back to 1994 when the Toyota Supra had 320hp and I was thinking "holy shit".
In 1983 when I bought my first car, a Mustang GT, it was the fastest production American car that year. It did 0-60 in 7.1 seconds and made 175hp with its 5 liter V8 and 4 barrel carburator. And we all know how much hp the top end Mustang produces today !!!!
You really have to go back to the muscle car days to see big power and torque, and even then, it was really only a handful of cars that did this. And yes, they were a nightmare to control.
It really is modern traction management systems that allows for the powerful cars of today to be driven by most mortals in relative safety on public roadways.
Good post...my first car was a 1985 GT. However even though the HP was low, these cars still made nearly 300 lb-ft of torque...as much as an M3 today...and the tires back then were horrible...so it was still easy to get it sideways (by accident) around corners.