No books or movies were written about slow cars. You've never heard a gearhead say "You know, that car just has too much horsepower". Even luxury cars have high-torque, muscular engines to make you go fast in style.
We modify our cars for a reason, and it's not because we want them to go the same speed they did before. We want our cars to be loud and fast, and we want everyone to know it.
As Paul Walker (RIP) said in Fast and The Furious 2, “If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling.”