After the demise of the Pontiac G8, GM enthusiasts and fans of rear-wheel drive performance sedans have been yearning for a V8-powered sedan at a similar price point. Sure, the Cadillac CTS-V has been available, but the price point is not exactly attainable for the average person.
Now that the Chevrolet SS Sedan is coming to a driveway near you, there will undoubtedly be those customers who yearn for more power. Sure, they could add an exhaust kit and install a supercharger, but there’s also plenty of high-powered options that The General has in its stable.
That leads us to a thought that’s a bit saddening: the Australians have the Holden Commodore in both 455 and 580 horsepower versions, so why shouldn’t we? After all, an LS7 or LSA-powered Chevy sedan with four doors would be an amazing proposition. Luckily, there’s hope.
Chevrolet Performance Cars Marketing Manager John Fitzpatrick knows that not everyone in the U.S. wants a Prius, and that some crave the extra power, and perhaps a manual transmission. He says that not all hope is lost when it comes to seeing a would-be high powered Chevy SS offered in the United States.
“People say all the time, ‘Why don’t we have a six-speed manual? Why just one engine?”, says Fitzpatrick, adding that it all comes down to sales volume. If the existing SS program becomes a success that achieves the low-volume sales targets, Fitz mentioned that Chevrolet would definitely be interested in providing a model with a manual transmission and/or more power. Sounds like a plan So let’s all
go run out and buy an SS… now!