How wrong you are, let me count the ways...the 2.3-16 pulled an anemic .78g on the skid pad (R&T) while the 944 pulled .91g. The 944 was the best handling car you could purchase ON THE PLANET in the 80's and to some extent the early 90's. In a straight line, you could only hope to beat an old 8-valve N/A 944 because you would be embarrassed by an old S, S2 or Turbo.
I ran several tests...first comparing comparably equipped 1987 2.3-16 and a 1987 944S. According to nada.com the 1987 944S costs $3900 in poor condition up to $6250 for excellent condition. I gave the 2.3-16 the same features such as leather, sunroof and alloy wheels that came stock on the 944 and the 2.3-16 is valued at $3400 in poor condition and only $5500 for excellent. The average price for the 2.3-16 was only $4600, vs. $5250 for the 944S.
Then the final real world test. I searched at Autotrader for the entire scope of 1987 2.3-16...the average price...$3407, using the exact same criteria, the 1987 944 average price was $7069. Until the 968 got a bit long in the tooth by 1995, you could not and cannot get more sports car value for the money than a 944, period.
Not trying to start a flame war or anything, just fighting off baseless comments.