Originally Posted by fantastic88
So, hows it compare to the SSEi?:
Actually, I've only driven the GXP about 100 miles, so it is really hard to make any comparisons.... but here are a couple of first impressions.
I love the looks of the GXP, of course I still love the looks of the SSEi, the GXP just refined it a bit.
My gut feel is the SSEi a tad quicker... but it may be that the GXP will loosen up some or it may be that the superchager sound just makes the SSEi sound like it is quicker... I dunno. Anyway, the GXP sure is quick 'nuf to put a smile on your face.
The exhaust note on GXP is fantastic, nothing compares to that good ol' American V8 grumble.
I like the headrests on the 2005 Bonnies much better than the 2000... a nit, but a big one for me.
A couple of losses...
- the gas door no longer locks when you lock the passenger doors, I though that was kinda' cool on the SSEi
- the second sun visor (the one under the normal visor) has disappeared, but may be because the GXP has a sunroof.
- Three storage spaces vanished, the SSEi had a neat little cubby where the seat heat and T/C buttons are now and two sunglass storage areas are gone, again may be due to the sunroof.
I'm not crazy about white dashes, but I'm getting used to it already.
The suede seats are going to interesting, very comfortable, but I wonder how they will be to keep clean.
The V8 is much smoother than the V6, no surprise, but it is noticable.
There seems to be less wind noise in the GXP, the SSEi wasn't bad, but GXP is quieter..
The ride seems a a bit more firm. My wife didn't mention anything about it being rougher (yet) so that may be my imagination. However, one look at the low profile tires says it should be rougher.
The SSEi has always been a very soild car, no shake on railroad tracks at all.... but the GXP seems even tighter... of course that could have something to do with 71,000 miles vs. 121 miles