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I see my old Jag and Healey that had a "baby" with (archive)

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Posted by RETRO on October 25, 2000 at 20:15:12:

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:

improved handling and comfort. I see my wife
of 30 years looking sexy every time we go down
the road together.....i feel good to be alive
when we still make the outer curves on the
freeways together. I feel happy to give it a
bath like so many great cars before. If Heaven
is like this in a Z3, I wanna go there NOW!!!
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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