Some people think of the ’90s and picture boomboxes, sitcoms, and some of the best cereals ever. But when motorheads think of the ’90s, we think of some of some of the most iconic cars to this day. Granted, cars back then didn’t have nearly the power they do now, but they sure were fun to drive. Now, of course, when we say these cars are worthless in 2018, we’re talking strictly about their power in ratio to today’s standards because, I mean, a stock Supra couldn’t run a 350Z now, but throw on some upgrades, and you got yourself a car that can easily sell for six figures today. But we aren’t focusing on potential power or engine swaps or even turbocharging these cars.
It’s all about base power, especially nowadays. Most cars now roll off of the factory floor with at least 200 hp, usually more. I mean, you can go buy a daily driver like a Corolla or a Camry and even get like 250 hp with the right package. It brings a very interesting question to mind, though: what’s next for the auto universe? Where will we be in another (almost) 30 years? Wow, the ’90s were almost 30 years ago. Anyway, with that in mind, we’re going to focus on how far we’ve come by looking at 20 of the fastest and baddest cars from the ’90s that are pretty much worthless now based on raw, OEM power.
20. BMW M5
The M series has always been BMW’s top of the line, and the ’90s was no different.
The M5 had a 4.9L V8 and produced 400 hp. That falls right at 200 hp under the current model. But 400 hp or 600 hp, the sounds a BMW makes never change.
The style hasn’t changed dramatically since the ’90s either. Sure, there are a few more curves and less sharp, box-like angles, but you can still identify an M series pretty easily, whether it’s from 1992 or 2018. Maybe it’s their signature style, or maybe they’re just focusing more on engineering and tech.
19. FORD MUSTANG COBRA
For those of you born after 1998, the ’90s is where the whole war between JDM and muscle really gained footing. And Ford wasn’t going down easy. The Cobra Mustang had a mighty 5.0L V8 but only produced 235 hp. Today, you can get a Mustang GT with the same-sized engine with more like 450 hp, almost double what it produced in the ’90s. Granted, it may have lost its muscle roots and gone to a more sport-style tuning, but it seems to be working. Either way, this Cobra Mustang doesn’t hold a candle to even base Mustangs today.