The Chevrolet SS Deserved More Love And You Know It

Everything on the Chevrolet SS seemed just perfect but unfortunately the last manual naturally-aspirated V8 sedan was escorted out of production.

Despite the Chevrolet SS receiving all the praise from the press, this Australian-built four-door sports car failed to get the attention of the audience, selling just 12,000 units in four years of market presence.

Power comes from a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 with 415hp, paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The chassis featured active dampers, a limited slip differential and a refreshingly honest driving character.

Ok, it may looked like a rental Malibu to some people but that’s what made the SS a true sleeper, with only the loud Corvette soundtrack of the V8 revealing the true nature of the car.

Doug DeMuro takes us for a tour around the unloved but greatly appreciated 2017 Chevrolet SS on the video that follows.

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  • Dr Strangefinger

    Never understood why when you could have purchased a nice Pontiac GT V8 for the low 30s, Chevy seemed to think their version was worth about 10 large more a few years later.

    Great car, but no, not worth the upcharge. IMO the Pontiac looked so much better as well.

    • except inside. And Pontiac was gone so no choice.

      • Dr Strangefinger

        Yeah Einstein, I said a few years later. We all know Pontiac faded into the sunset.

        • brn

          When you vote yourself up, the rest of us can see it.

    • SteersUright

      Exactly right.

  • TheBelltower

    Amazing car. However, cosmetically it was very unrefined and dated considering the price. Things like incandescent tail lamps, ordinary headlamps, cheesy appliqués, the tame grille, a big horsey-looking yellow bowtie that appeared on the nav screen when you start the car, are all things that would have taken nearly no effort to do properly in a car asking nearly $50k. An extra $100 worth of details and refinement spent by GM would have been perceived as worth thousands by customers.

    • SteersUright

      Also exactly right!!

  • Sadly he says some stupid things in his videos he could have avoid with some quick research

  • ctk4949

    Nah, fugly interior and exterior!!!!

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Bloody brilliant to drive though

  • SteersUright

    No truly excellent product that offers excellent value is usually lost on consumers. The title of this article is just dumb. Sure, the SS certainly had some redeeming qualities but at $50k, this car did not compete well whatsoever and thats why it didn’t sell, plain and simple. Consumers vote with their dollars and they voted this one into extinction. Here’s a thought, why not use the excellent Camaro Alpha platform and this time make a truly beautiful sedan with the Camaro’s running gear?

  • LWOAP

    Considering all the badass HSV’s that were prowling around in Australia, I feel like we got the short end of the stick.

  • europeon

    If anyone still had doubts about this idiot’s double digits IQ, get to the 4:10 mark in the video and watch him talking about what he, in his stupidity, thinks that in that LHD car there is Holden panel underneath – you know, a RHD only Holden Commodore.

    • OF COARSE YOU MISSED HIS BIG HEAD IN THE LEAD PHOTO AND JUST HAPPENED TO CLICK ON THE ARTICLE AND ACCIDENTALLY CLICKED PLAY AND OOPS CLICKED “WATCH ON YOUTUBE” AND BY MISTAKE READ ALL THE YOUTUBE COMMENTS AND YOUR CURSOR SLIPPED INTO THE COMMENT SECTION HERE…

      • europeon

        Did you even read my comment?

        • YUP.

          • europeon

            Then you’re in the same IQ bracket as demuro.

          • YOU SEE DOUG, CLICK ON HIM, GO OFF ON A TANGENT…

  • gareth1989

    Here’s a theory… maybe, considering both Ford and GM actively ended the Australian car industry GM actually wanted this car to fail? Holden offers the HSV variants which would have satisfied the muscle car expectations with their more outlandish designs and sold a more stripped down model without all the luxury elements to bring down the price. But they didn’t do that because if it sold well, Holden would be manufacturing more vehicles which in turn would make the car more profitable for Holden and mean they would not have to close down. GM however wanted to shutdown manufacturing in Australia so introduces a “halo” car to Chevrolet telling Holden that they’d help increase production by selling these in the US, but not market them, price them too high, offer the more sedate looking variants so it doesn’t sell, inevitably giving reason to shutdown production.

  • GT

    They always planned 3-4000 units per year. It sold that. So that’s not a failure. It is however a huge missed opportunity, it should have been a continuation of the G8 – wider range, and going further, it should have been a replacement for Impala.

    • brn

      Agreed. The sales also increased every single year. Up 30% for it’s last year. Not bad for a car that was never marketed.

      Rumor has it that this car was produced due to contractual obligations (gareth’s post is similar). If that’s the case, it might explain why it was never marketed, the price being a bit high, and discontinuing a car that increases in popularity.

      • GT

        Possibly they priced it high to align with stock available. ie. we want to only sell 3k per year so we better make it $10k more than G8 or there will be riots at dealerships.

  • Jayen DeHaart

    The car failed because it is bland and grossly overpriced. And the Chrysler 300 was so much cheaper.

    As a side note, all cars made in Europe can choose to use the letter of the VIN where the country HQ is. So the Saturn Astra made in Belgium has “W” because Opel was based in Germany. Same for the Fiat 500L made in Serbia but has “Z” (Italy = Fiat) as its VIN number.

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