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 engine||6.0-L V8||5.3-L V8||5.7-L V8||4.8-L V8|
|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…