I posted this on the CF as well:
Well, here's my take:
Keep in mind that the M3 will rarely lose a magazine comparo, no matter what the take! When the C5 first came out C/D pitted it against the Supra TT, the 3000GT , and wonder of wonders, the E36 M3, and guess who won! BMW's M cars always have and always will hold a "special" place in the minds of automotive journalists.
That said, I think MT gave the Z06 a very favorable review with lots of gushing accolades:
"A man's car for the man who knows how to use it."
"In fact, if you drive this baby right, you'll match fenders with the 485-hp V12 $225K Ferrari 550 Maranello."
"You won't find a car near this price that can eat the Z06's lunch."
"Frankly we were surprised to find the mighty M3 so soundly beaten here (0-100-0)."
In CVT's own words: "If you want a street-legal race car with crankin' AC, a great stereo and comfy leather seats,this is it." "The Z06 won the acceleration, braking, 0-100-0, skidpad, and road course tests hands down, and tied with the M3 for first place in the slalom test. Five outright wins, one tie for the win. That, friends, says it all."
Rest assured that there is no doubt in anyone's mind (certainly not MT's either) who the real winner was. The M3 was given the title for reasons that are wholly abstract and unquantifiable, and frankly, who gives a damn! The Z06 romped 0-100-0 in 14.01 seconds, and if you care to reach for MT's last High Speed Shootout in the November issue, that beats every one of those exalted supercars (Modena, 911TT, Viper ACR, you name it) and that, my friends, just about does it for me! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif