The Chevrolet SS is a huge, cozy, breed-wheel-drive automobile energy by a burly tiny-block V-8. Its the latest and almost certainly the last—in a formation of mighty, rebadged commodities from General Motors’ Australian subsidiary, Holden, which commenced with the 2004 Pontiac GTO and acted with the SS’s precursor, the Pontiac G8. Known as the Holden Commodore in its residence mart, the SS assets some of its building with the previous-generation Chevrolet Camaro and is energy by a 415-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 joined to either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.
Although its official goal is as a low-volume, aspirational automobile that gives Chevy’s SS NASCAR driver an official relation to the street, the SS is much more than a minimal motion to the left-turn gathering. The SS is an actual sports sedan penetrated with a beautifully counterbalanced bodies, tactile riding , and loads of controlling grasping (0.97 g) from its grade Bridgestone Potenza performance tires. Manual transmission automobiles like the one we steered for this appraisal subject a $1000 gas-guzzler tax versus the regular automatic’s $1300 penalty, the EPA taxes both versions at 14 mpg in the municipality, but opting for the manual aids the SS a 2-mpg raise on the freeway to 22 mpg. Performance illustrations are akin regardless of transmission decision.
The 2015 stick-shift model we experimented approached 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and covered the quarter-mile in 13.0 at 111 mph, making it properly fast yet still sedate in a continuous formation than the 485-hp Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. Front and breed Brembo brakes and a pleasantly tight restraint drive can capture the near-two-ton SS from 70 mph in a fantastic 159 feet. Introduced for 2014 with only the automatic shell, the SS possesses drivability and ace reactions that allowed it to beat the more mighty Dodge Charger SRT8 392. A modify for 2015 increased the manual transmission as a no-cost option, as well as regular driver-adjustable adaptive plates. The SS looks a tiny less like a previous-generation Chevrolet Malibu on steroids for 2016, thanks to a rewritten front fascia with LED running lights, structural hood holes and more aesthetic 19-inch aluminum wheels that have operated back on the shinny-chromium look.
Also brand-new is the Slipstream Blue all-metal colorant on our try-out automobile, as well as a dual-mode gas exhaust system that barks loudly upon beginning. The tiny-block’s unshapely bone-idle and full-throttle noise let anyone within range know the SS is not an average family sedan. Expect only retiring cut changes for the 2017 model, which likely will be the SS’s last as Holden shutters its act transactions at the extremity of next year.
While the Commodore name should live on in Australia, Holden’s transition to an import-only roll means it will likely adorn a rebadged model of the front-drive-based Opel Insignia created in Europe. There have been some noises that a next-gen SS might be made in America, but GM has supplied no communication that there actually will be a breed-drive peer to the actual automobile, if that’s the case, Cadillac’s high-extremity V versions would be the only hot-rod four-doors in the GM’s collection going forward.
The Chevy SS is one of the most underappreciated driver’s automobiles on the mart, a lazy-day car in the brushed of its three drive methods (Track, Tour and Sport) yet equally at residence on a contesting mountain street in its more battleful environments. The drive grade can be tight, but the bodies’s general poise is mindful of some of the superb BMW M automobiles from the decades and 2000s. Despite some on-center unclearness, the electrically assisted power steering is exact and affluent in feedback as the bodies loads up in areas. While the huge Chevy is well supplied for the tire-smokin’ muscle-automobile situation, its informed impression is welcome in dense traffic, as are its calm compartment, cozy rooms and incalculable supports.
Leather covering, heated and refreshed front rooms, lane-departure warning and much more are regular, besides transmission decision, the only options are paint color, an energy roof ($900), and a full-size spare ($500) in place of the grade tire-inflation case. And with a worthless 2895 sales in the U.S. last year, SS customers are in a special club. Mainly that GM’s international art of a performance sedan will soon be gone forever and that more supporters aren’t swayed by its importance, many still-brand-new 2015 versions litter merchant lots. There’s also too much chromium and shinny metal cut, both inside and out, for some sensations. And the value $48,870 to begin puts the SS out of approach of many latent customers. Yet, despite the SS’s low-volume states, GM evidently feels some pressure from its need of quality. The most misjudged sports sedan in America.