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Posted by TBell on October 25, 2000 at 13:13:10:

In Reply to: What do you see when you look at your Z3? (more) posted by JoeZaf on October 25, 2000 at 12:32:17:

Hi Joe, I'm still totally satisfied with my 98 2.8.. I still get looks as it is still IMHO better looking than the SLK-too stubby, Boxter-can't tell if it's goin' or commin', Audi-VW on steroids.....But let's talk about performance...yeah if you are talking about strickly straigh line it's not a gorilla...but on the track I regularly pass M3's, Ferrari's, NSX's, Vipers, Vetts etc.....this is a great performance car, it's balance is very neutral and very forgiving, and gives the driver a ton of feed back....Sure there will always be something better faster yada,yada....but this car is a far better car than I will ever be as a driver and gives me a smile every day !!! See ya on the track, Tom

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?





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