Back in the day, I've owned 350'*, 400'* and one 455. For the metric minded, that'* 5.7, 6.6 and 7.5 liters of displacement. In stock form, none of them were as peppy as the 3.8II with the SC I have in my SSEi.
I used to be a firm believer that a car without a V8 was just a waste. Now I know that a V8 is an unecessary extra. Maybe, if they used a less expensive engine, and kept the cost closer to the current SSEi, I might be more interested.
As soon as you get to 40k, or there about, I'm thinking about something a little more refined. In my opinion, GM makes some nice cars these days. But unless its a vette, I wouldn't consider a GM (or ford or chrysler) product if I had to shell out 40k or more.
Just my two cents.
2000 SSEi; Silver, Grey interior
K&N filter, removed MAF Screen, TOG Headers, 3.4 Pulley, MSD Coils, Taylor wires, 180 Thermo, Pirelli P-Zero M&* tires, J.A.T.O. Booster in trunk