Im gonna play devils advocate.
I have to say the numbers to say the least and very UNIMPRESSIVE! The 2011 Mustang GT fro all intensive purposes beat the M3. Id be surprised if half the M drivers on the road could push the car as much as it needs to preform and beat the competition. And now theres a slow M model that can be beat by what im sure most here would consider an inferior Ford? Not to mention the Ford Mustang, while not quite half the price of the M is still substaintial cheaper. If your really want a performance car and not jsut the bragging rights on owning a BWM M car the the Ford wins.