The 2016 Chevrolet SS is not only one of the most honest performance sedans in the market, it’s also one of the very few four-door V8 models offered with a manual gearbox.
That last fact puts things into a nice perspective and the comparisons with all-time classics like BMW’s E39 M5 are justified by looking at the specs. Considered by many the epitome of four-door sports sedans, the E39 M5 came with a brutal 4.9-liter naturally aspirated V8 punching out 400PS or 394hp routed to the rear wheels exclusively via a Getrag 6-speed manual gearbox.
Under the Chevy’s bonnet lies a 415hp LS3 small block V8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with the rear axle hosting a limited-slip differential. We can all thank Holden (since its a re-badged Commodore) for this and then GM for bringing it over here as a Chevrolet.
Motor Trend brings the 2016 Chevrolet SS and the BMW E39 M5 together on a track to find out if the newer car is indeed a legit successor to the famed German super saloon.
Worthy or not, the Chevrolet SS is a car that definitely deserves way more love that it currently gets.