I bet all 3 generations of mr2s could hang with the 944 stock for stock, or come close to it. The second generation could probably beat it in the twisties and a straight line. I dont' konw a lot about the 944 but I know some. A lot of people say 50/50 isn't perfect but 45/55 or so is better. The mr2 stock can do the 60 foot in less than 2 seconds, 0-60 in 6.2 and the quarter in 14.7. Also it handles like mad. Doing a quick search I found these numbers for a 1988 944s. 1/4 16.2 and 0-60 in 8.0. Sounds like your fancy german car got schooled by a little rice burner. I would be carefull of making fun of the little mr2.