This is not some new age question? So let me explain. When I first got my last Z3, the car was surrounded by mystique and I just thought it was the end all be all of sports cars- I mean right up there with Ferrari. Now, three years later, my old Z3 since returned for reliability problems and I am leasing my new Z3 2.3. I have read tons of articles and driven the mystique right out of the car. Now, unfortunately, when I look at the car I see a beautiful looking car, but have reservations about whether it qualifies as a true "performance car" ala Viper, Ferrari, 911, Y2K MR2 etc, or a "sporty car" ala SLK, Boxster (not S), or Audi TT. Understand this question to not be one about ultimate performance numbers, but about purpose. In your opinions is the Z3 a real performance car that just happens to also be beautiful, or a beautiful car, which can hold its own. I can't figure it out. For example, I definately consider the M Coupe a performance car because it has a clear purpose, while the Audi TT, IMO is a looker, which is supposed to make people think it can also perform. Essentially, do you think the Z3 Roadsters looks make promises that the mechanicals cant keep?