The 1999 model 996 was rated at 296Hp from the factory and proved itself capable of running CONSISTANT 0-60 passes at 4.7 seconds. The new version is up to 320Hp from a motor with two tenths of a liter more displacement than the previous variant. My father has owned Porsches, I've been to the club meets, I've talked to the test drivers, and the 2002+ 2WD Carreras are capable of running 0-60 in 4.5, and that's undisputable fact. As far as the LeMans series races go, you have to remember a few things, namly that Porsche hasn't had a factory team running in those events in at least 3 years. What you had were fully funded factory BMW teams running aganist private teams running Porsches on much tighter budgets. Another thing you may want to remember is that Porsche has more overall wins at LeMans than any other manufacturer in history, and that record speaks for itself. And I'm not sure if you follow racing closly enough to know this, but BMW threw a massive fit a few years back because Quattro equipped Audis were kicking their collective butts around practiclly every track in the European Touring car leagues. They whined so much, that Quattro Audis got banned for having an "unfair advantage" and Audi was forced to move back down to their FronTrac models. BMW has a bunch of whining, snivleing idiots running thier race program. They declare themselves the best in the world when they win, and then cry their eyes out and have hissey fits when they lose. If the M3 was really such a superior machine, you wouldn't have to justify purchsing one by posting biased and uneducated blather on a posting area designated for the Carrera. If you're happy with the BMW, I'm happy for you; I'll be content behind the wheel of a Porsche knowing I've got the real "Ultimate driving machine".