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2016 Chevrolet SS V8 – An OZ Import the kind we want more of

2016_Chevrolet_SS_046Text and photos by Cor Steenstra

An Australian import, the Holden Commodore SS, originally marketed in the US as the Pontiac G8 until the demise of the Pontiac brand, the Chevrolet SS has been a powerful ‘conventional sedan’. Driven by the LS3 engine from Corvette fame, this car is no slouch, and it makes this very clear with the exhaust growls. This of course great fun when you can let it go on a unrestricted freeway or on a track, but it is slightly less convenient when you’re stuck in a traffic jam down the 405. With the manual gearbox, driving a looooooong traffic jam is never much fun, but when you are trying to restrain a beast at the same time, one which loudly backfires whenever you let go of the throttle, it can be quite embarrassing.

The main exterior of the car is clearly showing it’s age, but the restyled front and rear make it appear up-to-date with the Chevrolet current design language. The older parts are thankfully relatively neutral in their design to not cause too much of a discrepancy between the various styling periods on the one design.

Also on the interior side the car has been brought in line with the current GM design language as much as possible, which is not a bad parts bin to have to choose from. It fits nicely and does what it needs to, to give the impression of an up-to-date car.

Of course this is a nice and powerful car as a daily driver, and it feels good to have a 4 door 5 seat Corvette, but I would like to think that GM could be getting so much more out of really producing a proper 4 door 4-5 seat Corvette Sedan, similar to the Fisker Karma. THAT would provide proper status to the car, and would make it an instant ‘wanna have’ which could be sold at a much higher price than the $45,000 they are asking for this now.

I bet the Australians would love a proper Corvette 4 door 4-5 seat sedan as well, maybe even in stationwagon and pick-up version?

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