Originally Posted by DarkNWorn
Regardless of how you want to put it, at the end of the day the M3 is absolutely faster than a Miata. Arguing otherwise is just being obtuse.
I believe his argument is that in the modern M3, the driver is less connected to the road than in a Miata. There is something to be said about the raw simplicity of the Miata (especially the earlier models). I learned to drive on a red 91 5-speed and I still enjoying taking that car for a spin once a year or so when I visit my folks.
In the two cars I've owned and modified, I've replaced 10-25 rubber bushing throughout the car with hardened (urethane or aluminum, depending on application) alternatives. Every bit helps in communicating feedback to the driver, and, all performance benefits aside, I believe it increases the pleasure of driving tremendously.
I've been in the market for a new car for maybe 4 months or so; however, I'm not serious about purchasing anything because there is simply nothing out there for me. The Lotus Exige S is on the table, but I'm not in love with the car. The BMW's and Audi's of the world are nice, but bloated and soft. The Porsche's in my price range are compromised (GT3 out of reach
) I just don't know what to do or where to go, so I'm sticking with my STi for now.