Originally Posted by hks786
I think though these other cars are getting much better, you don't buy a M3 or Mustang for the same reasons. Also, I think even with "only" 450bhp we must remember the next M3 will be lighter and have much more torque.
The bottom line is no M3 has disappointed and I dont think the next one will let people down.
I think this has been true up until 2011 when Ford made some significant changes in the Mustang. There have been quite a few comparisons to the M3 every since and most of them pretty close in numbers. Actually, C&D timed the Boss 302 Mustang at VIR 3 seconds faster than the M3. I would guess there is still a difference in prestige, sense of quality and overall feel. However, if you can get 90% of the performance for 50% of the cost I would think there are quite a few people who will cross shop both.