I drove one today. Allow me to digress for a moment...
Well, I had some time to kill today while in between projects and since my week has been stressful, I decided to go out and look at possible replacements for the G8 (just in case I get the itch). LOL.
I looked at the ZL1 Camaro. Nice but too much money for me. I can order a 1SS, 1LE (ZL1 parts) for about $37K but every time I go look at Camaros, I have a hard time seeing it as an improvement over the G8.
For fun, I stopped at the Mercedes dealer. I drove an E550 4matic with 402HP. It was nice. I told them for the price, they'd need to track me down a used or off-lease one. At Mercedes, for something of G8 size and power, you're looking at $60K+. That's out.
Went to Dodge down the street. Drove a Charger SRT8 with the 392. I liked the paddle shifters, Brembo Brakes and several other things my G8 didn't have. Overall, not a bad car. Will smoke the tires stock with TC off. I proved that today. I drove the Superbee version. A little costly though but I think we are spoiled with what we paid for the G8. There were some interior plastics that were already ready to fall off and I don't have a good feeling about the 5-speed Auto tranny as it already felt "loose" to me.
Then I drove the Challenger SRT8 392. Stick. Man, this car was a LOT OF FUN. I like it better than the Charger. It made me realize again how a Coupe feels compared to a sedan. Granted, it's not a Vette but this car was cool. Looks mean. Sounded good. Yes, it's big, perhaps too big. But overall, this car would make my short list of candidates to replace the G8 with.
FWIW, I knew more about the Chevy SS than the dealer did.
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