The world of high-performance and sports cars is a competitive place. For decades, manufacturers tried to shred tenths of seconds off of 0 to 60 mph times, achieve faster top speed, and provide more performance to buyers. These classic sports cars certainly carved out their own spot in car history.
However, despite how fast some were back in the day, in 2022, those models are now performance jokes no matter how cool they look or how legendary they are. We know that many car enthusiasts would kill for some of the machines on our list, but we will tell you the trough. The average modern family SUV could essentially beat all those cars with kids in the back seat and groceries in the trunk.
30. BMW E30 M3
When most people think of BMW performance, they think of the “M” class cars. But among dozens of models that wore the M badge, the M3 E30 is the most iconic. BMW produced it from 1985 to 1992. At first, BMW didn’t envision the performance version of their E30 3-Series, but when Mercedes introduced the 190E 2.3-16 model, BMW quickly reacted and the M3 was born (via BMW M).
The heart of the E30 M3 was the S14 straight-four engine with 2.3-liters of displacement and 195 and later 215 HP. The road-going variants lead to the creation of a bigger 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that could produce 238 HP; whichever version of the E30 M3 you test, the 0 to 60 mph will be just over seven seconds and the top speed was over 140 mph. It is incredibly slow compared to modern M3’s sublime 0 to 60 mph time. But for the late â80s, it was decent.