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      02-01-2011, 02:24 PM   #89
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lets add Mustang GT/BOSS 302/Cobra is the poors mans M3
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      02-01-2011, 04:50 PM   #90
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Is The M3 "The Poor Man's Super Car"?

In the overall scheme of things, probably a Yes.
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I think that the term "poor's man supercar" .. is really easy to understand

if you want to buy a supercar, but you can't afford it ... you might be considered poor for that matter .. therefore "poor's man supercar" is really not that hard to think of and I would agree with GTR, Z06, R8 easily considered those

however not the M3 .. M3 biggest problem for me to call it supercar is that there is just way to many of them ... if you own a supercar, you should met 3 or more every time you hit the road.

Also the supercar should have somewhat more sleek body .. .
I don't consider P911 supercar ... supercars are things like Lambo, Ferrari
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      01-24-2013, 05:14 PM   #92
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lets add Mustang GT/BOSS 302/Cobra is the poors mans M3
haha.. well said
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      01-24-2013, 05:38 PM   #93
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I think it's more appropriate to consider the M3 the frugal and practical man's Ferrari.
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I have always lusted for an Aston Martin. A beautiful car but not a super car. Porsche is nice. But both cars are really two seaters. I don't think they are for me. Practicality!

I think what really matters is how you feel inside. Yes, you aim to have the best but at times you make the compromise to reflect your lifestyle, budget and family.

If I am driving an ///3 today, is because I wanted an ///3. I am happy with it. Period. I don't care whether the man sitting next to me is in a Ferrari or Lamborghini. I am content and I am proud of my car. I paid for it with my hard earned money ... all the more reason to love and enjoy my car.

Will I buy a Ferrari or Lamborghini? Maybe if I win lotto! Just kidding. I get enough jealous looks and at time comments. I don't want to attract the wrath of the people or make them believe I am super rich or plucking money from the trees.

I think ///3 is designed and built to differentiate from a series 3.

And I also like someone to define poor. If one can afford a ///3 one is not poor. They made a good judgement ... bought the car with the head not with the heart.

Also I love BMWs. I could have bought a C63 AMG if I wanted. It has more power, right?

I still feel top of the world every time I drive this car. Super car ... so you can brag you own one. No ... I bought this car to enjoy it because I want an ///3. It suits my lifestyle, my income and more importantly we can ride as a family ... my daughter, my wife and me. It's a "Super" car to me. Thank you.
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It seems as though most of the people who come from the M3 go for the GT3 Porsche instead of the Turbo. GT3 is the pinnacle, IMO. The M3 will do nicely for now though.
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The 911 Turbo has become a fat doctor's car. The GT3 is the essence of a 911.
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I think poor man's super car is the GTR.
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Poor mans super car. I think along the lines of an evo.
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I still feel top of the world every time I drive this car. Super car ... so you can brag you own one. No ... I bought this car to enjoy it because I want an ///3. It suits my lifestyle, my income and more importantly we can ride as a family ... my daughter, my wife and me. It's a "Super" car to me. Thank you.


Very well put. Cheers!
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Poor mans super car is an oxymoron.
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Supercar



Expensive sports car



A sportscar



In these days of 7 figure cars then super car is reserved for the really top end stuff. For me even a 599 GTO isnt a supercar. A supercar has to really stand out and break new ground.
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Ferrarris and Lambos are pretty much useless and unpractical to most people who buy them. They buy them for a myriad of reasons but practicability is not a candidate to be at the top!

I would say that to be considered a super car, its price has to be north of at least $175K... regardless....
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      01-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #102
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Maybe we should ask the ever expanding "1%".
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I like to think of the M3 as the "thinking man's" sports car.
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I would not consider the M3 a supercar because it falls a bit short on power and exclusivity. I also wouldn't call any 911 a supercar because while some have the performance, like the m3, the body style is all over the place.

Lambos, GT-Rs, Ferraris, Pagani, Koennigsegg are what I would call supercars.

The M3 is a lot of bang for the buck. The GT-R is the only car I think delivers more bang for the buck.
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      01-25-2013, 11:49 AM   #106
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Many years ago, the first new car I bought was a 3 series coupe. Over a period of many years, I went to a 911, GT3,Turbo and an Aston Martin Vantage. All these cars were great, but for the most part were not practical for use on a daily basis.

This year my oldest stated driving, so I let him drive my 7 yo SUV. Now that the kids are getting older, I thought that I could finally get out of a SUV and into something sportier. I bought the M3, because it's practical sports car with good performance. There are very few sports cars which you can transport 4 people and luggage in.

So for me is it a poor man's supercar? Nope, it's a practical sports car that you can drive everyday without any issues.

My other car is a F430 and you definitely can't drive that car everyday.
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My other car is a F430 and you definitely can't drive that car everyday.
Leaving out the obvious items like depreciation and maintenance expense, why not?

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I've driven a ZR1 and many C6 Z06's and even heavily modded Z06's. For me, a super car has to have the speed and most importantly the ability to control that speed. Corvettes are fast but don't handle like Porsches. Corvettes lack the feel of the drive, they're all about brute speed and that's about it.
Supercars need to have all the performance (speed and control), plus all the luxury, all the prestige and all the exclusivity.
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The reason why I pose this question is that there is another thread on the forum about why people love Porsches so much. Is the 911 praised for it's around practicallity (i.e. price, quality, and depenabaliltiy) ? Is it the true next step into a super car, but not so high in the stratosphere that is too high to reach like the Ferarri and Lambo? For me, the 911 Turbo has always been a dream since childhood. I knew that I would not reach my pinnicale unitl I have one. And I'm getting closer all the time to it. But for now, my M3 is good enough for what I want it for and what I can afford at this time in my life. This is my third M3, I've had a E36, E46, and now E92. Loved them all, but I'm always longing for that 911 Turbo. With the price of M3's now reaching almost 80k, it's not too far away from P-car prices, especially if you consider certified pre-own cars under 5000 miles and close to 100K for 2009 Turbos. What do you guys think? Is the M3 that transitional car or are we all just going to buy M3 after M3?

Link to my somewhat related post not too long ago:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=765753
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I think a better term than poor man's supercar would be a "budget supercar". A budget supercar to me is a z06 or zr1, viper, and gtr. These cars can keep up with the fastest and most expensive supercars while being far more affordable, relatively speaking.

What about the M3? Puhlease, an M3 couldn't even keep up with a Mustang GT at laguna seca. Is the M3 anywhere near a supercar? Don't make me laugh.
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