The problem, these days, is that 300hp, 300ft/lbs is only average.
I respectfully disagree. I get what you are saying but I think the majority of the vehicles actually on the road do not fall into that category
. Just because there are a few upper trim family sedans with near that spec doesn't mean it's average for a middle weight vehicle.
Average is still not quite 200HP for a sedan... Look at rental car fleets. So many 4cyl Altima's, Camry's and what have you. The 200 with a 184HP 4 cylinder outsold the V6 by a large margin. Next time you are on the road, look around, most vehicles don't even have 200HP.
Just because there are a few high priced fairly rare/ridiculously expensive/bad to the bone 700HP engines out there doesn't make 300HP average now.
If 300HP was average, a Corolla would have ~260HP lol... The V6 200 would have near 500HP.
I like muscle cars and old 70's cars, but I don't want some outdated factory under-powered (HP per liter) gas hog, 3-speed automatic carburated RWD car with a live rear axle to drive back and forth to work and wrench on every 5 minutes. I have already been there and done that and wrote the book. I get enough of that with my RWD 98 Dakota - but I really like my truck.
My 200 would run circles around my old 78 Camaro with a 71' 350 pulled from a Corvette AND I can drive it in the snow and get traction, and get more than teens for MPG - let's not start talking about handling...
If a person can't ever get past being old school and can't recognize anything besides a live axle rear drive car made to go down the 1/4 mile and no need to turn left or right more than a few MPH... then OK.. the 200 isn't worth modification. It doesn't fit that category. Don't get me wrong. I would love a restored 70 Olds 442.. yeah I know a ton of people hate on the 455 rocket etc... but it has something these new cars being stamped just don't have. Hard to describe it.
10 year old muscle car won't work for me either... Snow. MPG. Still too old. I need a sedan. I don't want to have a car payment for buying gasoline. Could I have bought an AMG E63 used for the same as my car new? Sure - with too many miles, inherited issues and poor MPG.
So what does that leave one to do? Enjoy what they have and make the best of it.
Sorry to go off topic.