A couple points ...
"supposedly possessed of the amazing acceleration required"
Uh ... No. It just needed to get up to "88". Which it could. Barely.
Side note ... One of the most ill-handling supposed "sports cars" I've ever driven. Worse than the Porsche 911s of the era. Hanging a huge ass out behind beautiful bodywork is not consistent with day-to-day driving in the real-world.