To me, how the car "performs on track" makes absolutely no difference whatsoever. I don't have a race track to try it on and I don't have insurance that lets me either.
I'm also a firm believer that when you get to a certain level of performance, a little extra makes no difference whatsoever. There are so few opportunities to use this performance that it really isn't worth paying for. I don't think I'm quite there with my 10.9s 0-60 smart yet, but if I get a car which does 0-60 in say 7 or 8 seconds, what plausible advantage is there to me having a machine which does it in 6 or 5?
So taking £44,000 as the benchmark, what could we get instead of this?
2002 ASTON MARTIN DB7 V12 Vantage Volante 2dr Convertible
2004 04 Reg Maserati Quattroporte 4.2
2007 07 Reg MERCEDES-BENZ CLS500
2006 06 Reg BMW 650i Sport 4.8
2008 LOTUS Exige S 240BHP Perfromance Pack
2000 W Reg FERRARI 360 Modena 2dr
My favourite of them all though:
2007 Audi RS4 4163 cc 4.2 quattro
Alternatively, you could buy about four 2006 SMART ROADSTER BRABUSs.