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Old 10-18-2009, 06:39 PM   #1
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Camaro SS VS. GXP VS. SRT8...need some help thinking about buying!

Ok so here is my Problem. I Want all Three but Don't know what to get. I love the looks of the SRT8 challenger. Beautiful car. It really is. Camaro 2SS/RS. beautiful car also. I already have a 1992 Z28 350 car and am a huge camaro Fan. GXP G8. Another beautiful car. 6 spd sports sedan but I don't have that many people with me that much so 4 doors doesn't really matter I could always put 2 in the back of a camaro or srt8. Which do you feel is a better car? Please try not to be bisased. It Will be a play toy not a daily also.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:53 PM   #2
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Well, Pontiac is going out of business, so you could get a really good deal with 0% financing on that.
The Challenger looks sick, but it will lose to the other two performance wise.
The SS also looks sick, has the same engine as the GXP, so it comes down to your preferences.
I think GXP is the best bang for buck if you plan on financing, if not, then you should go between the Challenger or the SS, one for looks, the other for some looks and more performance.
BTW, you might consider a 2011 Mustang in about a year? The Coyote engine will have 400hp, it reportedly lapped the Gingerman Raceway in the same time as an M3 with the Ford Track pack.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:06 PM   #3
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I heard all GXPs have now been sold. Could be wrong- but that's what I heard.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:09 PM   #4
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Well, Pontiac is going out of business, so you could get a really good deal with 0% financing on that.
The Challenger looks sick, but it will lose to the other two performance wise.
The SS also looks sick, has the same engine as the GXP, so it comes down to your preferences.
I think GXP is the best bang for buck if you plan on financing, if not, then you should go between the Challenger or the SS, one for looks, the other for some looks and more performance.
BTW, you might consider a 2011 Mustang in about a year? The Coyote engine will have 400hp, it reportedly lapped the Gingerman Raceway in the same time as an M3 with the Ford Track pack.
I will be financing most likely. I really like all the cars so its a hard choice. I test drove a GT mustang the other day and really liked it. Nice looks and style. Inside was beautiful but lacked in power compared to the others in my opionon for the price. If that motor comes out ill consider that also. Maybe one day Ill have all 4 locked in my garage for weekend cruises.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:10 PM   #5
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I heard all GXPs have now been sold. Could be wrong- but that's what I heard.
Most likey...I think the pontiac dealer in my town still has ONE. I guess I could find one used...
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:32 PM   #6
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If price is no object, I'd go with the Challenger SRT8. It is bad, beautiful and is the equal of the SS regardless of what you read. In fact, it gets better after about 3000 miles on it. I have an RT with mods (not all listed here but no forced induction) and it will hold its own against a stock SS. Flame away but it's true!
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If price is no object, I'd go with the Challenger SRT8. It is bad, beautiful and is the equal of the SS regardless of what you read. In fact, it gets better after about 3000 miles on it. I have an RT with mods (not all listed here but no forced induction) and it will hold its own against a stock SS. Flame away but it's true!
true. Money is a object though. I'm not just gonna throw money around. I am young but not stupid. I want the best bang for the buck. I love the srt8 though.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:51 PM   #8
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true. Money is a object though. I'm not just gonna throw money around. I am young but not stupid. I want the best bang for the buck. I love the srt8 though.
bang for the buck, the SS is the way to go. if you did go with the SRT though, the performance gap isnt so big that a few minor mods would put it out ahead...but that pretty much defeats the "bang for the buck" thing.


so yeah, SS for bang for the buck...
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After looks, performance, options and all that stuff, the most notable difference between the SRT and SS is interior and trunk room. May not be important to you. I can actually fit five average size bodies in my trunk. The SRT costs more but it's worth it if you can afford it. If you want an "economical" muscle car, the SS will probably be your best choice. The SRT is like the "Cadillac" of muscle cars. I wouldn't buy a G8 - Pontiac's going under, plus I don't think it looks as good as the other two. I see you haven't even mentioned the Mustang...

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true. Money is a object though. I'm not just gonna throw money around. I am young but not stupid. I want the best bang for the buck. I love the srt8 though.
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:34 PM   #10
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MOPAR is always gonna be expensive either way you look at it but just like the first muscle car era(60-70) These mopars are worth taking a look at for an investment if nothing else.but I'm in the same boat you are in as far as picking I like all 3 choices I don't think you can go wrong here
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:14 PM   #11
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That's why I always liked the challenger. I have loved the 70's challenger and cuda since I was little. All cars are a great investment, I agree.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:48 PM   #12
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If you can find a G8 GXP, it will most likely become a collectors item. Fastest and most powerful Pontiac in history as I understand it. If you're keeping it as a toy rather than a DD, it will have lower than average miles increasing its eventual resale value. While its a nice looking car, it doesn't stand out from the crowd too much. That might not matter to you, but for some reason I think thats a factor.

Challenger vs Camaro, looks are subjective so that ones up to you. On the one side the Challenger will be a lot less common on the roads but on the other hand, its styling could look dated rather quickly due to its heavy retro design. Its also said to be a better cruiser than the Camaro.

Camaro, if you're not absolutely in love with the styling it doesn't have too much of an advantage over the other two as an occasional car. Performance wise, its a little above the SRT8 and about even with GXP. Its interior is nicer than the Challenger, but either on par with or below the G8. It has the least space of the three but you say thats not really important. It costs less both initially and probably over the long term as well.

I guess it will come down to which character you'd prefer to have:

Challenger: classic muscle car with todays technology
G8 GXP: modern sports sedan that rivals the Germans in many aspects
Camaro SS: aggressive, in-your-face badass car

Which do you want?
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:10 PM   #13
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bang for the buck, the SS is the way to go. if you did go with the SRT though, the performance gap isnt so big that a few minor mods would put it out ahead...but that pretty much defeats the "bang for the buck" thing.


so yeah, SS for bang for the buck...

Both are beautiful cars. Go test drive them and see which one you like the most..
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If you can find a G8 GXP, it will most likely become a collectors item. Fastest and most powerful Pontiac in history as I understand it. If you're keeping it as a toy rather than a DD, it will have lower than average miles increasing its eventual resale value. While its a nice looking car, it doesn't stand out from the crowd too much. That might not matter to you, but for some reason I think thats a factor.

Challenger vs Camaro, looks are subjective so that ones up to you. On the one side the Challenger will be a lot less common on the roads but on the other hand, its styling could look dated rather quickly due to its heavy retro design. Its also said to be a better cruiser than the Camaro.

Camaro, if you're not absolutely in love with the styling it doesn't have too much of an advantage over the other two as an occasional car. Performance wise, its a little above the SRT8 and about even with GXP. Its interior is nicer than the Challenger, but either on par with or below the G8. It has the least space of the three but you say thats not really important. It costs less both initially and probably over the long term as well.

I guess it will come down to which character you'd prefer to have:

Challenger: classic muscle car with todays technology
G8 GXP: modern sports sedan that rivals the Germans in many aspects
Camaro SS: aggressive, in-your-face badass car

Which do you want?
Thanks, I really like all the cars, Its a hard choice..
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Both are beautiful cars. Go test drive them and see which one you like the most..
I have and its hard.
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:58 AM   #15
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I had a Charger SR8 and now own a Camaro SS and IMHO, the SS is the way to go... I raced a friend that has a Charger SRT8 Super Bee, on a roll starting at around 60 miles per hour and beat the guy by about a car. The SRT8 has all the boltons possible, plus a cam and ported heads, my SS is 100% stock, so performance wise. The SS is not only less expensive, but it also gives you better performance than the SRT8.
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You also have to factor in the 'Gas Guzzler Tax' on the Challenger SRT. The G8 GXP and the Camaro SS do not get hit by that tax.
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I had a Charger SR8 and now own a Camaro SS and IMHO, the SS is the way to go... I raced a friend that has a Charger SRT8 Super Bee, on a roll starting at around 60 miles per hour and beat the guy by about a car. The SRT8 has all the boltons possible, plus a cam and ported heads, my SS is 100% stock, so performance wise. The SS is not only less expensive, but it also gives you better performance than the SRT8.


If that SRT8 has all the boltons possible and a cam, he has issues... A stock SRT8 is a good match for a stock SS. I full bolt on srt8 with a cam and ported heads should be a low 12 if not a high 11 second car.......


As for choice, it is what you like the the best. Might I sugges checking out a Challenger R/T with the Super Track Pack? THey are not that much slower than an SS or SRT and the super track pack is only a $400 option and adds a larger rear swaybar, 3 season tires, and bigger brakes.
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You also have to factor in the 'Gas Guzzler Tax' on the Challenger SRT. The G8 GXP and the Camaro SS do not get hit by that tax.

Actually the GXP does have to pay a GG tax, same as the SRT at $1700. It has deeper gears and the automatic gets the LS3 so no cylinder deactivation
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Actually the GXP does have to pay a GG tax, same as the SRT at $1700. It has deeper gears and the automatic gets the LS3 so no cylinder deactivation
I thought it did but I just looked at the EPA website and the 2009 G8 GXP is not listed as a gas guzzler, all the SRT8's are, as is the Mustang GT500 but the G8 isn't. GM has the Chevrolet Corvette (ZR1), Cadillac Fun Coach/Hearse, Cadillac Limousine, STS, and XLR. No Pontiac listed.
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I thought it did but I just looked at the EPA website and the 2009 G8 GXP is not listed as a gas guzzler, all the SRT8's are, as is the Mustang GT500 but the G8 isn't. GM has the Chevrolet Corvette (ZR1), Cadillac Fun Coach/Hearse, Cadillac Limousine, STS, and XLR. No Pontiac listed.
That may have to do with there being no2010 model or none of them no longer avail, but it definatly has one, got the info edmunds, when you price it out it adds it to the price, also I have the Road and Track article where the compared the Charger SRT8 and the GXP and it also states it has it and the combine MPG for it is only 15 (it is either 20 or 22 MPG highway)
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Ok, ok. The GXP gets the Gas Guzzler Tax. Me and DG were mistaken, it happens.

The Challenger is still the slowest of the 3 cars he is considering buying.
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Ok, ok. The GXP gets the Gas Guzzler Tax. Me and DG were mistaken, it happens.

The Challenger is still the slowest of the 3 cars he is considering buying.
Yup, its hard to argue against a window sticker.
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