Having decided to take the plunge back into owning a quick car, the wife put the blockers on me getting another 3000GT; not enough room in the back was the cry, as well as her dislike for older cars.
After a bit of research, I settled upon the all new 2010 model Mazda 3 MPS. A lot of MPS owners prefer the gen1 model to the new one, but I have to say I quite like it. The spec level is very good, and for the money I paid, 20k straight with a bit of haggling and a generous 1k allowance paid by Mazda, quite a bargain.
I am still running the engine in, but have to say the mid range pull on this car is nothing short of phenomenal, only had it 6 days and have seen off an Impreza WRX / Boxster S / Audi S3. I wasn't gonna mention the Civic Type R that tried and failed miserably; I really hate those cars and hate the owners even more, pieces of crap.
The MPS is a very underrated car; the ride can be a bit harsh, that is my only gripe so far.