Originally Posted by HRoi
Perfectly logical response, since I know that you like the M4. But for bmw curmudgeons who want more of that older-bmw dynamics and feel, the M2 might be a much better option. I am reading now that the weight of the M2 isn't much less, though, which is a concern
Agree fully. I'd also add a few things to your points. If I truly wanted a classic BMW, it'd be a new class. They actually have history and represent how Germany pulled itself back together after WWII. The M2 is something like 10k cheaper starting, but you're close to even to match the base price of the m3 and you'll still have worse leather, far less configurability, etc.
I'll defend the F8x cars as the best sub $100k cars if you have one car and don't have too many other obligations. There are a ton of fantastic other cars out there at all price points.
Porsche put in a completely different engine (well obviously a derivative of it's bigger brother) into the GT4 to make it what it is - Preuninger's team did something special. BMW phoned it in with nearly all of their current cars with the exception of the M3/4 and the 7 series.
Also for reference (not sure if I posted this a few months ago) - My M4 and a 2002; my back and his front are lined up (jokes are welcome, but won't be acknowledged). Cars in general are just unwieldy big in the US.