This 348, along with 328 and 308, was NSX's rival back in the early 90's. Needless to say the NSX wins, hands down in almost every category, especially in the handling and reliability dept.! Although NSX of old (pre-1997) had only 276HP, it can still outrun this and other similar model Ferraris like the 308 and 328, beacuse of its lightweighted nature, thanks to aluminum chasis, suspensions, and body. I like the looks of the NSX a bit more (I'm a bit biased, being a practical guy and Honda fan and all ). Come to think of it, it's just sooo amazing that in the last decade since we've seen the performance level of entry-level exotics came up a few notches since (and so did the price tag-it nearly doubled!). The F355 and the F360 is a testament to that, thanks to competition from Honda's NSX. Heck, even non-exotic your avg. joe's sports car like the Corvette (esp. the Z06) came a loonggg way since then to become the top track performer in its class and BEYOND its call of duty. It even beats out mild exotics such as the 2002 NSX-T and the 911 Carrera! Now isn't that something! Again thanks to Honda's NSX it woke up designers and engineers at GM (and pretty much everybody in the auto industry) to get their butts off the floor and start to do something about it. But as perfect as the Z06 might be on the track, it is NOT to be mistaken as an exotic. First off, it's pretty well-refined for a domestic car but NOT so if you compare to European and Japanese counterparts. Fit and finish just won't cut it and interior designs are just cluttered and asthetically unpleasing, typical of domestic cars. Cheap rubbermaid-like plastics are used instead of fancy wooden or leather dash panels and so forth. Second, it's not hand-crafted, and no exotic materials are used. Third, Corvettes are based around relatively low-tech engine (with the exception of the Z06 405 Hp LS1): The enormous 5.7ltr. V-8 cranking out 405HP (but a very efficient and powerful engine nevertheless). And lastly, no matter how cool the car looks, it just doesn't get heads turned like an exotic is supposed to do. Ferraris satisfy these criteria completely and has heritage of winning races over the expanse of 40 years in the WORLD scene. The NSX too, minus the latter part of my last statement. As much as I love my NSX, I'll admit that it's becoming more and more dated-not looks, mind you; it still has a very futuriatic styling, in a 90's way,--but it's no longer on top of the food chain in the performance dept., esp. after the new Z06 debuted recently. But nevertheless, it's still a gr8 performer amongst light-weight exotics and still retains its rightfully owned position, with the performance specs of a 2002 91 Carrera (Keep in mind that the Carrera of the 90's cannot come close to the performance potentials of the NSX). Being biased toward Honda, I hope they don't fail us loyal fans with their 2nd gen. NSX, due to debut by May of 2004, according to 2 Acura spokespeople that I've spoken to. WIth rumored 420+HP with V-8 config. and handling characteristics to match all that power, not to mention the usual exotic materials, hand-made craftsmanship and killer looks, and on top of that, Honda reliability, it will win back everyone's heart. One can only hope. Only time will tell.