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Chevrolet to send off SS sedan with Supercharged model?

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On: Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 12:50PM | By: Carl Malek

Chevrolet to send off SS sedan with Supercharged model?

Despite its relatively paltry sales figures, Chevrolet's SS performance sedan has proven to be not only a good alternate to the dearly departed Pontiac G8, it's also a rolling showcase demonstrating the potential of the brand's performance engineering. If a new series of rumors is to be believed, the SS could end its production run with a bang.

According to the rumor section of the GM fansiteGM Authority,power for this special edition SS would come from GM's 6.2-liter V8 Supercharged LSA engine. This would allow the SS to further embrace its Australian roots, since it is found under the hood of the Vauxhall Maloo Ute, and did duty in the last generation Camaro ZL1. The rumor claims that the engine's output could easily be tweaked to 580 horsepower with minor revisions to the engine's basic components. This bump in power would be a generous improvement over the 415-horsepower V8 in the standard issue SS and should allow it to outshine SRT Scat Pack-equipped Dodge Chargers and Challengers in a one-on-one race.

As expected from a big GM performance car, rear-wheel drive would most likely be the sole layout available (the G8 never had all-wheel drive during its time in production) but it is currently unknown what transmission would be available, or if the unconfirmed SS variant would allow buyers to choose from either a standard manual gearbox or an optional automatic transmission, like the aforementioned ZL1. Regardless of what could be ultimately offered, a supercharged version of the SS should have no problem making the sprint to 60 mph in under 5.0 seconds which would put it in the upper range of its small but potent vehicle segment.

Just like its transmission options, the new variant's place in the broader Chevrolet lineup is also an intriguing thought. Chevrolet could choose to either offer it alongside the standard issue SS model, replace the current model with the supercharged variant, or perhaps reserve this suite of upgrades for the last few production units. While this would add exclusivity and rarity to those special vehicles though, their their high price tags could cause some of them sit on dealer lots for a while. Despite this, the spicier variants would also enhance the model's halo effect, and draw in buyers that would want to come see them but ultimately end up buying another Chevrolet product which would be good news for its bread and butter models, including the Chevrolet Malibu and the recently launched Cruze compact car.

Chevrolet for its part has not released a statement on whether the report is indeed accurate, but eager enthusiasts will not have to wait very long since Chevrolet did say in a separate statement that 2017 is the last model year that the SS will be offered in the U.S. This is mainly due to the fact that the SS's platform sibling, the Holden Commodore, will be ending production when GM formally shuts down its Australian division in 2017. Its replacement is expected to be imported from abroad, and would most likely submit to the shift towards front-wheel drive in a bid to appeal to more mainstream buyers that might want front-wheel drive to help conquer snowy or slippery road conditions.


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