Ok follow me on this. My next car is down to one of these two. It might seem like a simple choice (moar power), but it isn’t that simple.

2016 Chevy SS - final year for the Holden Commodore version SS. Manual transmission! And rumored to have a small power bump to 425HP, and slight appearance changes like black wheels and updated fascia to make it look slightly less like a rental Malibu. The thing is, the SS is the closest thing to an E39 M5 today, and perhaps the closest thing to sport sedan perfection - manual trans, big NA V8, RWD, mag ride and enough space for 4 regular sized adults to travel in comfort. They very likely won’t make any more like this, ever. The new Alfa Giulia is like the ATS-V - both smaller, manual trans, RWD, and turbo V6.

2016 CTS-V - the first year of V3. 640HP luxury super sedan. Automatic only and 2x the $ of the SS. It is the true 4-door Corvette. Supercharged LT4. Laden with technology and go-fast parts. Journalists can’t write about it until Aug 3rd, but I fully expect it to be the dominant super sedan in the class when it comes to performance and overall driving dynamics (we will see).

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For some reason, I’m drawn to the manual SS, although I know the V3 will be incredible. Is the CTS-V the obvious choice? I can always get a CTS-V later, but this will very likely be the last chance to get a new SS. I have excluded Charger Hellcat because I can’t get one, won’t pay over MSRP for a Charger no matter how much HP it has, don’t really care for how they look, and prefer a better handling car versus straight-line speed that I can’t really use on the street.