MSEE and a BSMech Eng I'm taking about conventional cars, not really 'track specials' (for me, I'll take a GT3 thank you, lol) People set different priorities....and in order to discuss anything in snipets, generalization/simplification is required. And as in Pareto, I believe 20% of the variables can define 80% of the situations in this case. I have no issue (none of my damn business, and who the heck am I anyways) with someone selecting a car as accessory, for the 'statement' or impression one chooses to project, or just because they like the way it 'looks'. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but imho a machine should be judged first as a machine, and objet d'art second. Actually a few configurations have 'balance' (0 1st and 2nd order free forces and 0 1st and 2nd order free moments), opposed 6 and inline 6: would that make them superior? A V8 can be better than a V12, and it comes down to engineering (in the broad sense, QA/QC, manufacturing, etc.). My personal preference is the I6, an amazing engine. Although marketing and panache are attributes that may help sell a product to a given demographic, even a highly technical product like a car, regardless, engineering/design are still a factor in the equation, and it is up to the consumer to prioritize the attributes (weight the variables). The fact that BMW can build an M car, and sell it for so little, yet offer such a high level of performance and comfort is another attribute: value. There is no 'right' or 'wrong' when it comes down to consumer choices, only opinions.