i think it actually won because car and driver cant have a bmw lose anything...but we're gonna have to agree to disagree on this one, if the M3 is not a sports car i dont know what is...BMW's site has the Vette as the first comparison car in the dropdown menu for "M3 Competitors"...the car has an optional trans that is essentially the gearbox F1 uses...im not sure what your criteria is for something being a sports car but the 911 has a back seat as well
Traditional lines are certainly getting blurred.
(Quick, anyone know why that new VW isn't really a Phaeton?)
I think it's a stretch to call the M3 a sports car. It is certainly a Sports Coupe.
The 911 rear seat is more like a jump seat. And no one would consider it a 2+2.
There is no Coupe's (or Sedans) that can compete with the M3. Unless you want to include the Mustang Cobra. So they have to go up against all the other 'driver' oriented car's.