So, to reiterate, as a driving enthusiast that likes a good handling car more than a badge on a car, and who has loved driving the E90 M3, my early experiences as an owner of a new Boss 302 Laguna Seca have been:
1. in my first track day in the boss Laguna Seca manual trans I posted a slightly faster lap time than I ever did in my e90 m3 with dct in 2.5 years of tracking. I put the same tires on the boss as I've used on my m3. This is a good indicator the boss really is faster, it's not just press hype.
2. The new Boss cost $20k less than my last M3 did.
3. Ford is encouraging me to track the car and they assure me they will fix the car under warranty regardless of whether the issue arises on the track or street (short of an accident of course). This is completely opposite of every BMW SA's attitude I've ever seen.
4. The Boss is more exciting on the track, to me.
5. The Boss is not as good of a daily driver as the M3.
I hope this is helpful to any of you fellow M3 fans that are pursuing great handling track cars for a bargain.
Over and out