Poll: Chevrolet SS or BMW 5 Series?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Which large sedan would you rather own, the Chevrolet SS or BMW 550i? They both feature powerful V8 engines, spacious back seats and entertaining dynamics, but beyond all of this they’re as different as chalk and cheese.

For starters, Chevy is a blue-collar brand that’s as American as, well, apple pie and baseball. The Bimmer on the other hand is a Germanic thoroughbred with some of the richest heritage in the automotive business.

Starting with the SS, it features a rear-wheel-drive architecture and a powerful engine. Up front there’s a 6.2-liter small-block V8 that cranks out an impressive 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. You can get it with either a Tremec manual gearbox or a more conventional slushbox, though both transmissions have six forward ratios.

The 550i is also rear-wheel drive and V8 powered but BMW’s underhood strategy is a little different. It’s hauled around by a smaller 4.4-liter unit that’s augmented by twin turbochargers. These blowers bolster output to an impressive 445 horses. An eight-speed automatic is the only gearbox offered in this version of the 5 Series, which is too bad.

The Chevy’s interior is really well done but it’s not quite as luxurious as what you get in the BMW, nor does it offer quite as much technology. But the tradeoff for this is affordability. An SS can be yours for less than $49,000 but the 550i will set you back more than 67 grand. Is it worth the extra scratch? Well, that’s your job to decide.

Both of these sedans offer a lot, but which one would you rather park in your driveway? If you need more information on them, feel free to compare them right here.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • MFINE123 MFINE123 on Jun 05, 2016

    chevy produces trash quality, I'll pass and never buying another one.

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    • JRATT JRATT on Jun 06, 2016

      I agree my son owns a BMW M3 and cries every time it needs service. He will need a wheel barrel full of money if anything major goes wrong.

  • Robert Dwyer Robert Dwyer on Jun 19, 2016

    I am on my second SS. I traded in my 14 for the 16 to gain the manual trans and Magnetic ride suspension. I could afford a BM but prefer the SS. It's more rare. It will be imported for only 4 years with about 3000 a year. I don't want a car that I see 100 times a day.