From the then-$114,000 E39 M5 with its 5.0-litre 400PS V8 to the 3.0-litre 280PS Turbo L6 Aristo, which at $38,000 is a mere fraction of its competitor, this video pits expensive German engineering against its more affordable Japanese counterparts. The $66,000 343PS straight-six-powered E46 M3 lines up against the $23,000 2.0-litre, 280PS Legacy B4RSK, while a regular E46 330i and the Accord EURO-R are the affordable options of their respective families.
On a wet Japanese circuit, the drivers let loose, putting the cars through their paces in a brilliant battle. We’re not going to spoil the fun for you, so set aside 10 minutes this morning and live your noughties sports car dreams.
Welcome to Goodwood Elevenses, a mid-morning helping of motoring-related amusement to help break up your day. Watch the last video: McRae flat‑out in testing