2017 Chevy SS Review: Goodnight, Sweet Prince
– Detroit, Michigan
Today, I mourn the death of a fabulous car. A fantastic machine that checks all the right boxes for driving enthusiasts. V8? Yep, small-block. Rear-wheel drive? You got it. Manual transmission? Sure thing. Throw in some suspension technology normally reserved for Corvettes and you’ve got a car that I will eagerly drive over and over again.
Of course, the Chevy SS isn’t all perfect. It looks weird. The interior is so-so. This is a car spawned from the heart of General Motors’ Holden division in Australia, and is a proper muscle sedan through and through. But no one bought it, and with Holden’s demise in sight, there won’t be a replacement for the SS anytime soon, if ever.
So, one last time, here’s a look at the most overlooked car in GM’s recent history. Pour one out for the SS, folks. This is its last hurrah.
It’s a four-door Corvette (kind of). That’s not just any V8 under the hood – that’s General Motors’ 6.2-liter LS3 engine, which you might remember from the C6 Corvette. Here, it produces 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, sent exclusively to the rear wheels. It’s even got a tough-guy Tremec six-speed manual transmission and GM’s lovely Magnetic Ride Control suspension. It’s more than just a big four-door with a muscular engine – it’s smooth when cruising and stays flat and composed when tossed into a bend. The SS drives more like a Camaro than a fullsize sedan.
Loud and proud. This thing sounds bitchin’. Fire up that V8 and you’re g...