Oh good, Chevy finally made a car that drives like 20 year old BMW.
I'm NOT driving anything that looks like this thing. Even if it drives better than M5. Aesthetics is one big part why I picked E39, and the SS is fugly.
Stock for stock, I am not sure it drives "better" than the M5. The extra hp (out of a motor about 1.2 liters bigger or bout 70 cubic inches for you oldtimers!
) helped lap times in the comparison, as did the trick (very good) shock setup. So the handling difference based on chassis design is probably pretty small.
Even if you like the styling (subjective), the interior is not even in the same ballpark as the M5. Much nicer everything, at least in my luxo caramel interior with full/extended leather everywhere.
It would be interesting to see any sales to see how the pricing has held up. Given the SS was one of the rarer 3 pedal manuals, I am guessing it will do well, although low mileage M5's that are close to 20 years old still bring between 25 and 50% of MSRP (much depending on mileage). There are a couple of outliers that have done even better!
So for a dual purpose car (track and DD), the SS is not a bad choice. But I would never swap one for the other. M5 is just so much more elegant and refined to me. Of course, I am biased.....
Dinan Stage 3 suspension, SS jet coated headers, ESS SC kit w/ 1 range colder NGK's, 92mm pulley, 440 Big Greens, TTFS alpha N tune for meth, RK plenum plates, SBC Endurance Stage 3 Kevlar performance clutch setup, "Jed" lightened DMFW, open brake ducts, TEC cupholder, U.S.(Euro style) tilt/slide armrest, 6k HID fogs, Umnitza bi-xenon flamethrowers w/6k super white low beams, rear fogs, V1/Stealth1, dual head LI, 2.65 diff w/40% lockup/2x dynamic, compact spare, M5 logo trunk carpet, Euro trailer hitch, Mocal oil cooler, ACS type rear spoiler, Rogue custom SSK and tranny mounts, ST 355 BBK (fronts), BP sway bar brackets, Bluetooth retrofit, Speedhut boost gauge (20 psi), Dinan TB's and VS, KB BAP, Howerton/HFS-3 Aquamist WI trunk setup (50/50), with 2nd gauge in rear view mirror, aftermarket trunk mounted sound system integrated into stock unit (amps, crossovers, sub and speakers).......