great inputs! for me, as long as i'm happy with what i'm getting from my M3, then it's fine with me.I like the direction Mazda seems to be going with the MS3. It's a little easier to drive and you can push the car harder in the corners. To think of the MS3 strickly in terms of 0-60 and 1/4 mile times is to completely miss the point. It was never designed to be a drag racer. It was designed to be a quick, fun car that handles in the corners, and that it does. I LOL at people who judge cars based on numbers anyway. That is what professional drivers can do. Most people couldn't come close. So, it's more about what the average driver can do. Right?