Well, I must applaud your retort. No attacks, just the defense of a mag, a show, and a car you love.
And your defense is justified. Afterall, I would probably defend two of the above three if someone I didn't know was attempting to attack them. But fact of the matter is, I wasn't. It was more or less your interpretation of the numbers churned out by those reputable sources.
When I said numbers are numbers, the intended idea to be conjured up, was the fact that a few numbers don't tell the whole story. A measure of lateral G's doesn't tell how a car will react when attacking a corner. Numbers also won't tell if a car tends to exhibit snap oversteer (clears throat corvette clears throat again). What I'm getting at, is that numbers are great for magazines and comparisons, but they won't illustrate what a real world driving experience might entail.
I'm not saying that a Corvette is a big piece of crap that should be avoided at all costs. I'm merely saying that spending a week in each of the aforementioned would be a much better judge of which car is "better" as opposed to reading a few numbers on a piece of paper.
One definition of what makes one car better than the other, might be to say which car is more appealing to more people. As we are talking about performance machines, you might ask the questions:
"If the average Joe climbed in each car, which would they be able to drive faster with less seat time?"
"Which car would be more confidence inspiring, and be able to be pushed to further limits without the feeling of being on the brink of loosing control?"
The mere fact that BMW has a more responsible approach to car building would lead me to maintain my origional claim. You might say, they just make a safer car, but when pushing triple digit speeds, maybe that's as important as lateral G's, maybe more.
Like I said, I've been around these cars. I've driven the Z06, and found out very quickly how the designer's priorities where laid. Fast first, handle second, brake third. This is completely backwards from the way the perfect driver's car should be.
I'm sorry but I have a hard time respecting a car that is made of plastic, shares interior components with a Lumina, feels like a runaway train at speed, and has a learinig curve as big as a jack hammer.