My other options I got to test drive around that price point local to me were a Porsche Boxster S, Macan GTS, or a M4/M3 coupe/sedan. Macans only come in PDK but that transmission is fun enough for me to try to "learn" automatics.
I ended up purchasing a F80 M3 in Calgary as I had some wiggle room and rates were better on the BMW than Porsches. Only could go though manufacturer finance/lease as I am young (24 as of 8 days ago) and have had short income and credit history. Big 5 wouldn't touch me with a 10 foot pole. My original car I wanted for quite some time was a 911 but wanted to save more capital to buy more Alberta properties while the market is still somewhat in the buyer's favour. Look forward to driving it home once insurance cheque arrives.
Best I could do was 5.2% off.
Will post more pics when I get a chance