Seriously Gents, some of you need to remove your rose tinted spectacles. As good as the GTV is, there are better cars out there.
Looks is a purely subjective area, A GTV to you may provoke the same reaction as an M3 to someone else, that is the way of the world. Any argument about looks is pretty pointless.
Vehicle dynamics on the otherhand can be proven a little easier. I wouldn't call a M3 a pumped up saloon car either, I think it's a little more than a few bolt on bits. But then again, a GTV and a M3 are aimed at slightly different markets.
Finally, Regarding the "real world", according to your thory Clive, we may as well just drive round in 600cc smart cars, because we'll just get there at the same time eh?
Again, sorry if i'm out of line for saying this before anyone gets to know who I am.
Don't worry about Erol, after 6 months of being on here you'll have been brainwashed into thinking no other car could ever better a GTV