1. The Mustang GT is a sports car, not a driver's car. A driver's car is a scapel, a Mustang is a rather blunt object in comparison. Again with this whole manual transmission and RWD thing, there are 2 very different ends of the spectrum. You have the Mustang GT on one side and then you have the Lotus Exige 240R on the other. Hell, the Mustang still uses a solid rear axle. It becomes kind of obvious which is more driver oriented.
I agree but were straying off topic,
I believe that in the luxury midsize sedan/coupe segment, the 3 series is definitely the most sporty in its class. Obviously there are betters cars out there but many of them are less practical and much more expensive.
2. 50/50 weight distribution is not the end all be all of handling prowess. For instance the Nissan GTR has 53/47 weight distribution and is still a great handling car. Not to mention 50/50 weight distribution has no application in mid-engined cars and it would actually be detrimental to their performance. Not saying 50/50 is bad in anyway, just saying don't base everything off weight distribution numbers.
Its not everything...just something I forgot to mention in my 1st post
3. By the way which BMW model are you arguing specifically? You say "Another factor contributing to their superior handing and making them the best drivers car in its segment." The brand makes several different cars in different segments so it would be nice to specify which model we are debating. Not to mention you say best driver's car in its segment, which is a luxury segment, which in turn kind of discounts the whole notion of a driver's car.
I was referring to the 3 series and m3.
4. I'd argue that 4WD/AWD has become increasingly performance oriented in recent years. The Nissan GTR (as well as the previous Skyline GTRs), Bugatti Veyron (I hate that car), Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago, Audi R8, Lancer Evolution and WRX STI are standouts that use performance based 4WD/AWD systems. In fact 4WD/AWD can yield considerable performance advances in circuit racing, so it is banned in most racing series. This can be seen with the R32 Skyline GTR which was so dominant in Australian sports car racing in the early 90's that it was penalized and later banned. Am I proponent of 4WD/AWD? No, not really. However, saying that is geared towards safety in these machines is incorrect.
Im not 100 percent positive but since Audi bought bugatti and lambourghini all their cars have been AWD save for the special edition Gallardo. I think AWD is just the direction Audi wants to take, I don't think that makes it better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZTTn2gq67I&feature=player_embedded
5. Is the M3 faster and safer now? Yes. Did it basically sacrafice its soul in the process? Yes. You see the thing that made the original M3 great was that it was very nearly a road going racecar, and if I'm not mistaken the E30 is still BMW's all time most winningest racecar. The M3 now is still a tremendous car, but its given up much of its character to a bunch of electronic control systems. The M3 may beat down on the RS4 and C63, but also right in its price bracket is the Cadillac CTS-V which it won't find such an easy opponent. Not to mention the base C6 Corvette is cheaper than the M3 and a fully loaded M3 nears Z06 territory, where it doesn't stand a chance.
I love the e30 M3, its probably my fav BMW. But If i had to choose between that and an 09 m3 as a daily id take the e92. I'm not saying its the perfect car, but i think its perfect for what its made for.