This will be the last year for Chevy SS

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, April 15th, 2017

2015 Chevrolet SS

The 2016 Chevrolet SS sedan features several exterior enhancements that reinforce its commanding presence on the road. A revised front fascia features new, vertical ducts at the outer edges to direct airflow over the front wheel openings to improve aerodynamic efficiency. The fascia also incorporates new LED signature lighting, while new, functional hood vents and new-design 19-inch cast-aluminum wheels contribute to a stronger appearance for the rear-drive sports sedan.

By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

As I sit down to pen a few words about the 2017 Chevrolet SS
performance sedan, I feel as though I am writing its obituary. And to
some extent, I am. No more than four years after this four-door Camaro
arrived on U.S. soil it is destined for the history books. But before
we throw roses on the coffin had a chance to spend one last visit with
what quickly became my favorite American sports sedan – even if it did
speak with an Australian accent.
To review, the SS is a rear-wheel drive sedan on the global RWD
GM architecture that underpins Camaro here and the Holden sedans down
under. It is rigged with one engine only – a beefy LS3 6.2-liter V-8
that belches out 415hp and 415 lb. ft. of torque. This is mated to
choice of six-speed gearboxes – auto or stick. And things only get
better from there.
This wonderful sedan from Elizabeth, South Australia is fitted
with a sport-tuned electric power-assist rack and pinion steering
system that provides great feedback to the driver and features
four-wheel independent suspension architecture with GMs great magnetic
ride control. A drive mode selector allows the person in charge to
choose from Normal (ho-hum), Sport (better), and Performance settings.
I spent most of my week in Sport but rolled it over to Performance a
few times when I had the road to myself. What can I say but the SS
handles like a real champ while still offering enough manners to
impress your parents and grandparents.
Brakes are more than substantial for the moments when life gets
in your way. Brembo two-piece vented rotors are up front with solid
rotors in the rear and there are 19-inch cast aluminum wheels shod
with Bridgestone ZR performance tires all around. The SS features a
limited-slip rear differential and has a dual-mode exhaust similar to
that found in the Corvette. Merely switching from Normal to Sport
modes attests to this fact as the rumble increases in decibels. Open
up the throttle and the growl turns into a sinister roar.
The interior is everything one would expect in a fine global
sport sedan – supportive leather sport bucket seating and nearly every
creature comfort packed neatly into the driver-oriented cockpit.
There is a gas guzzler tax of $1,300 slapped onto the sticker of
each and every Chevy SS but the car wears that as a badge of honor,
almost like a membership pin into an exclusive secret society.
Our recent tester arrived with one option – the power sunroof –
everything else is standard including keyless open and start, heated
and ventilated front seats, alloy pedals, color driver information
display, color touchscreen Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with
navigation and premium Bose audio system, color head-up display, and a
host of the latest safety technologies.
Pricing for the 2017 Chevrolet SS begins at $46,625 with our tester
arriving with a final window sticker of $49,820.
Fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
Rumor has it production for this great car will end this month and
most likely will not be renewed at any of the other GM plants here or
abroad. Get yours while you can as this is one car that truly gives
the German sport sedans a run for their money – and the Chevy SS costs
a good bit less.
Farewell, SS, it was great knowing you, and thanks for the memories.

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