To judge a 260 by it's headline numbers is to miss the point. It is quite a bit faster in the real world than it's 0-60 (6.2s) or peak power would indicate. It has a pretty good amount of torque, pretty much on par with most engines of it's age and size. It's really quite slow off the line but once moving the big wall of torque is very impressive.
But really the best part of a 260 is how well it goes around corners, especially for such a big car. We have both a 260 and a ZS 180, and while I love the 180 and really enjoy driving it, the 260 would out perform it pretty much anywhere except at the petrol pump.
As for the jappas, I've driven WRXs and EVOs, and sure they're fast, but they're also pretty boring, particularly in contrast to a 260. They're also not direct competitors for the 260.
I am by no means a fan of V8s (in fact I think it is the most overrated engine configuration around), but we love our 260 and won't be selling it.
Naw, the evo isn't boring. its awesome fun, I'll trade you mine for your 260 ;P
your right though they are totally different beasties. The evo still feels like it'd be more at home on a track than on the road
Awesomely sure footed in the snow too. if it wasn't for the fact i could see the white stuff you'd of thought it was a normal day the amount of grip it had