Yeah I don't think there is any voting at all for COTM. You can nominate to bring attention to a thread. The owners make the final decision.
Here is a checklist of my
observations of the owners' subjective tastes:
- Has this member won COTM previously?
- If so, same vehicle?
- If so, significant transformation?
- Do I dislike this member for any reason?
- Has this member rubbed me in the wrong way?
Overall Mod Check
- Are the wheels authentic?
- If not authentic, has the particular wheel design been diluted or is it still fresh?
- Is it an "acceptable" replica?
- CSL reps are fine, most OEM inspired reps are fine
- LM reps are not fine
- HRE reps = HRE ; virtually no visible difference for the monoblock
- Are the wheels tasteful?
- Do the mods have a consistent flow?
- Consistent Theme? (all OEM?) (JDM inspired?)
- Unique mods?
- not to be confused with innovation
- Are the mods too familiar with a previous COTM?
- If too familiar, has a reasonable time elapsed?
- Is the mod still current?
- Will this car look good on the front page?
- Is the car consistent with the e90post vision?
That aside, I noticed LMs and LM-Rs will never get old. Most of the COTM winners boil down to:
- Complete OEM mods, from the wheels to the splitters.
- High-end JDM wheels + complete modded package.
Some sections will be weighted differently. When the e92 M3 first came out, I'd imagine the photography and presentation probably held a higher factor since mods weren't as practical at such an early stage.
OP's car probably fell under the "too familiar category
." OP's car probably would have been COTM in 2009.