either is a fine choice, You should consider the insurance rates if you are under 30. sure, a $500 a year difference doesn't sound like much, but add in gas savings and after 5 years you're talking some real money. Plus interest on the extra $6k purchase price and the extra cost of tires on the v8, they can eat up tires much faster & they cost more with the bigger wheels.
On the flip side they say the SS will hold resale value better. I think that's nothing but a sales pitch myself.
Nothing wrong with performance on either one, I've only driven an SS a few times, they are scary fast & I doubt you'll never really use all that power. 315 horses is plenty for any occasion on the street.. But another nice thing about the SS is the better suspension & brembo brakes.
If you want something that is driveable in snow then you must go with the v6. The v8 is worthless/dangerous in snow.
Also, if you decide to go with the RS, then I would look for a 2012 because they added casted headers that year and that added 12 horse power, and the newer steering wheel and leather trim on the dash.
2012 1LS Silver Ice - Mods - SS Strut Brace, RX Catch Can, BBK CAI, TRS Bi-Xenon HID's, Blackout Grill, RX65 Radar Detector, 700watt 4 Channel Amp with Kicker Speakers, 4Pack Gauges Added, 30% tint. Baer Drilled Rotors & pads, 20" American Racing. Awesome car.
Last edited by CyberPunk223; 12-31-2015 at 03:28 PM.