January 15, 2014, 5:30 pm
An M3 is a 4-5 seat car, the Corvette a 2 seater with essentially no trunk. That Chevy could build a car with 2 seats that is faster than a BMW with 4 should not be surprising to anyone. I think people simply miss the point of the M3 or C63AMG or Audi RS6, etc. when they compare them to dedicated sports cars.
What makes the M3 amazing is that it is a 4 seater that can even be compared to the likes of Corvette, Porsche, or even Lamborghini and Ferrari. When I looked for a car in 2011 I had no price constraints or preconceived notions of what I wanted, except I wanted it to be useable as a daily driver. I looked at all the 4 seaters, and Corvette, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Audi R8 V10, etc.
I was almost ready to pull the trigger on an R8 when it hit me, I am going to end up leaving that car in the garage most of the time because it has only 2 seats and almost no trunk. That realization got me looking at the M5, Panamera, Audi (S4 to S8) AMG C and E, but in the end the M3 combined a very high level of sportiness with practicality that the others simply didn't have. (M5 is really interesting but it is simply too big to be really sporty, as is the S and RS Audis and Mercedes.
The point is, the M3 isn't the best sports car, but it amazing because it is not a sports car, it's a 4 seater that is almost as fast as the very best 2 seaters in the world (better than many).