The 550i is not 20k more. It is only margionally more. If you add all the options the V has, it WOULD prolly come out 10 to 15k more or so.robcol said:Just a quick note. I have owned a MB C36 which was an awesome overall car although not the quickest in the world. I had a 2002 Z06, I have had a Porsche 944 Turbo with a racing suspension I put on it. I had a 1996 H1 Hummer which was great for off road as you could imagine and as of late not much. I love a stiff ride and don't care about bumps in the road as that is how a car is supposed to ride if it corners halfway worth a damn. I am a fair driver and at one time prior to marriage took a few SCCA courses but never raced. I want a manual transmission. It appears from the best I can tell the 550i is dead on to the numbers a CTS-V posts. The interior of the Bimmer is more refined naturally it should be for $20k more. It is interesting to read the replies. Thanks.