2008 Pontiac G8 GT versus 2008 BMW 550i – Is The BMW Gadgets & ‘Flaunt’ Factor Really Worth $30,000 more?!

So in traditional fashion, the 2008 BMW 550i packs a more impressive interior & gadgets than most, and also packs a walloping $59,275 price tag in return.  While the car itself is indeed very nice, despite also suffering the recent European automobile "slipping quality" stigma, it will likely still be a problem-free ride (as are all automobiles are of late).

Yet, is the BMW 525i REALLY worth the $30,000 HIGHER price tag (over its typical competitor’s car) for the upgraded gadgetry and the perceived ‘Flaunt’ factor?!  Or is it, as is my opinion, that BMW is simply laughing all the way to the bank at many American’s historically blatant vanity that they will invariably veil as a quest for better "features"?

The new spaciously sized Pontiac G8 GT looks great (performance styling heavily in the mix) and has a plethora of upscale features along with a fantastic ride and top notch handling – all wrapped around a stunning 361 Horsepower and 385 ft/lb Torque V8 motor. 

The Wall Street Journal today had a nice little graphic comparison of Pontiac’s fantastic new G8 GT and four other vehicles. Here’s how the Pontiac G8 GT and two other competitors stand up against the pricey BMW 550i – note features and most importantly COST:

The Wall Street Journal – article Pontiac’s Return To Oz By Jeff Sabatini

2008 Pontiac G8 GT

2008 Chevrolet Impala SS

2008 Dodge Charger R/T

2008 BMW 550i

Base MSRP*

$29,995

$29,780

$31,455

$59,275

Base engine

6.0-L V8

5.3-L V8

5.7-L V8

4.8-L V8

Horsepower/torque (lb.-ft.)

361/385

303/323

340/390

360/360

Length (in.)

196.1

200.4

200.1

191.2

Weight (lbs.)

3,995

3,711

4,085

3,968

EPA passenger volume (cu. ft.)

107

105

104

99

EPA cargo capacity (cu. ft.)

17

19

16

14

EPA fuel economy, mpg (city/hwy/combined)

15/24/18

16/24/19

15/23/18

15/23/18

0-60 mph (seconds)

5.0

5.6

5.9

5.0

All in all, I personally would rather have the ANY of the other cars, mainly because $30,000 would be FAR more useful to me in custom-designing my OWN upgrades rather than taking BMW’s fixed upgrades.  Not to mention, I prefer each of the other cars styling too, excepting maybe the Impala SS.  Then, that’s just crazy ol’ me…

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