Re: What to buy BA XR8 or VY SS
I'm surprised at the price difference between the XR8 and SS. For the kays, the SS price seems right, but the XR8 seems rather expensive, perhaps try elsewhere.
Having had both, I find the Xr8, a lot more refined. At first I liked the SS's more rauchous sound, but after a while it just sounded course and uncouth.
Ride quality is much better in the Xr8. I don't mind firm suspension, but hit a big bump or pothole, in the SS, and it sends an almighty crash sound back through the cars body.
The other worry with the VYSS is that it leans very heavily on the outside of it's front tyres, one track day will wear most of the front edge of the front tyres, which is going to be expensive, and frustrating having to replace tyres that have lots of tread 80% of the tyre, but bald edges.
Benefits in favour of the SS, are better standard equipment, 6 stack CD, side airbags and 18" wheels standard. Series 1 VY's, even come with an 18" alloy rim.
Also, the Gen 3 is a surprisingly frugal device for a V8, whereas the XR8 tends to like to drink.
So good luck with your decision.