Originally Posted by anginaprinzmetal
just to clarify the OP is HE
secondly I do care about performance but also realize that need to budget things so I'll wait for what I really want an S5 with 3.0 turbo, not the current V8 which feels really heavy.
thirdly I like AWD b/c of the way I drive. I realize after having driven rear and AWD cars that I much prefer AWD. It's more forgiving if you know what I mean.
finally, I don't think you should compare the M3 to S5. The direct M3 comparison would be the RS5, and I don't think the M3 would come up so well in that comparison
I wasn't trying to insult you by claiming you don't care about performance.If it what makes you happy, that's cool, but a 335 is around the same price point and is a significantly faster and better performing car. The A5 performs on par with a BMW 328. Granted, it is better looking, and there's nothing wrong with prioritizing that.
Not really sure what you mean about RWD vs AWD. I have way more traction than I can possibly use without being completely reckless on the street in my RWD M3. Maybe you are driving in winter conditions a lot.
The M3 is a 50-60K car as I have said. The RS5 will be sold for 105K in the USA in 2012. That is around DOUBLE the price. The M3 and the S5 sell for the same price in the USA. Therefore the direct comparison to the S5 is the M3.
As for the M3 vs the RS5 (a 50K vs. a 100K car): the M3 has already been compared by Car and Driver to the RS5 (and the CTS-V). The M3 won that particular comparison.