I owned one and I was only 17 at then time and liability for me on the 280 and my father's truck was only 120$ a month... that's with a standard trans. and a few speeding tickets, how could I resist with all the power it has!
Insurance companies are weird, I was able to insure a Crown Vic with a 4.6 V8 for the same exact rate as a Volkswagen Beetle with a 1.6. I'm 18, by the way.
Sorry, but these cars are not fast.
I had a new 82 and a 75 Corvette at the same time. The Corvette was also slow with the 350 with only 190 hp. So they were more cruisers. They had T Tops.
I bought the Datsun for having kids and the back seat. The Datsun was cheaper to insure as a 2 plus 2. Pretty car though, white with the dark red interior. It was expensive at the time. I always felt it underpowered. I had premature rust issues, and the AC system failed at 50000 miles.
I have had a number of sports cars since. I consider cars from this era a dark point performance wise. Domestics as well. The bright side is what is currently available with twice the power or higher. Even some fairly basic new sedans can achieve 0-60 times in 6 sec or less from the factory.
You obviously haven't met the Turbo model of this car. Not to mention that a 2+2 is heavier and slower than the coupe. It's a quick car for the age, but can be made to be very fast quite easily.
190 HP Turbo. I considered this more of a touring car when I bought mine. Pull the t tops and ride. I had a white with dark red seats. The quality was nice for the day. I lost my A/C at 50000 miles and it was rusting in year 5. Got a lot of compliments. Had a lot of cars since. Now I drive a new Grand Sport Corvette.