Originally Posted by bulletproof
This is a tough choice for me.
Obviously, there is the 335i which looks great with the aero package and 19's.
There's also the S5 that should start at 52K base well equipped. These seem to be the only similar cars worth buying under the M3's price range.
Unless you go used that is...
335i is out for me because of the open rear and run flats. I'd be looking at the S5, Z51 Vette, Boxster, Cayman - and yeah, the Cooper S and GTI 2.0.