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The Chevrolet SS, although a beautiful and powerful car, wasn't exactly a succes for Holden.

It was produced in Australia and imported to the US, a rather rare thing among other car companies. The SS was sold in Australia under the nameplate of Holden Commodore.

The SS's design was rather subtle, not necessarily indicating that it is a fast one. Surprisingly, the SS was equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering no less than 415 hp. At first, it was only available with a 6-speed automatic tranmission and later offered with a 6-speed manual.

The vehicle could reach 100 kph in 4.7 seconds. If looked closer, it was easy to notice that the air vents present on the hood and fender were fake. In contrast with the car's simple design, a heads up for what was under the hood would be the huge 19-inch alloys and the brembo calipers.

The driving modes could be switched between the tour, sport and performance options by twsiting the dial. The steering and throttle sensitivity changed according to the selected mode. The suspension also changed, the SS being equipped with the best available from GM, the GM magnetic ride control suspension system. A rather "secret" mode could be activated if pressing the "traction control off" button twice, namely the Competitive mode - traction control and stability control deactivated.

Really interesting was that this Chevrolet had no SS signature on the engine cover. Most probably because Holden would've had to produce a new spare part with the logo, instead of keeping it simple. The SS signature was only visible on the passenger side, on the dashboard.

Although the car offered great features and perks, only 3000 were sold per year, during 4 years. Some say that it was way too expensive and offered too much for someone who looked to buy a fast car with less options, as no base option was ever offered. Others say that the name was way too common for Chevys, as they've used the "SS" for many of their models.

Sadly, The SS' production was canceled after 4 years only.

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CHEVROLET SS 2016 - 2017
  2 gasoline engines
  • 6.2L V8 6AT (415 HP)
  • 6.2L V8 6MT (415 HP)

CHEVROLET SS 6.2L V8 6AT (415 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.2L V8 6AT (415 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6162 cm3
Power
305.2 KW @ 5900 RPM
415 HP @ 5900 RPM
409 BHP @ 5900 RPM
Torque
415 lb-ft @ 4600 RPM
563 Nm @ 4600 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.8 gallons (71.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/40 R19 // 275/35 R19
DIMENSIONS
Length
195.5 in (4966 mm)
Width
74.7 in (1897 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.6/62.4 in (1,590/1,585 mm)
Wheelbase
114.8 in (2916 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3975 lbs (1803 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14 mpg US (16.8 L/100Km)
Highway
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
Combined
16 mpg US (14.7 L/100Km)

CHEVROLET SS 6.2L V8 6MT (415 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  6.2L V8 6MT (415 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6162 cm3
Power
305.2 KW @ 5900 RPM
415 HP @ 5900 RPM
409 BHP @ 5900 RPM
Torque
415 lb-ft @ 4600 RPM
563 Nm @ 4600 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
18.8 gallons (71.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/40 R19 // 275/35 R19
DIMENSIONS
Length
195.5 in (4966 mm)
Width
74.7 in (1897 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.6/62.4 in (1,590/1,585 mm)
Wheelbase
114.8 in (2916 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3960 lbs (1796 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14 mpg US (16.8 L/100Km)
Highway
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
Combined
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
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