As someone that's driven at least 10 different M3's (some s/c), various 911's (and other models) most Corvettes, 650 HP (and less) Audi's, Lotus, AMG Mercedes, STI, Evo... (you get the idea) I must disagree with the amendment. Driving fast cars at "normal" speeds is frustrating.
Would you rather be on WC DH boards or park skis if you were skiing a crowded run?
I stand by my comment. I have not driven as many different models of cars as you, but I have driven some, and in various situations. It is the refinement and potential of the "faster" car that I appreciate. I am not so jaded that I don't get a smile on my face driving a 911 at any speed... No, I do not enjoy driving my standard transmisson in stop-and-go traffic. No, I would not take DH boards on a crowded slope or a park slope. Yes, I will take a 911 over a Corolla at any speed, mainly because of the refinement and the fact that the 911 will answer me when I ask it to perform. Yes, I will take a versatile high performance ski (and I like SJs definition of "medium") over a beginner ski or a race ski anytime.
BUT, I take your point. So, how about this: I'll take a Miata over a Corolla anyday... both easy to drive, but the Miata has so much more "range"...
Sorry, Jim, for diverting from your excellent post.
I get your point too, I think that's where the "low end" nice cars come in. 318i, a4 1.8 etc. (the medium skis) Refined, but completely undemanding and fun, like a head mojo 94.