Until we got the good news, the safe money would probably have bet against any chance of Chevrolet’s SS sedan (née Holden Commodore) receiving a transmission apart from the 6-speed automatic. Chevrolet’s Australian-born halo car is (sadly) a dying animal, with only about a 2,000 unit per annum production run intended, and originally, a paltry two options available to customers: a sunroof, and a spare tire.
Alas, GM has decided to grace the American consumer with the option of a 6-speed manual transmission, at no additional cost!
We drove – and loved – the Chevrolet SS when it first appeared on our shores as a 2014 model year car. It’s a five-seat super-sleeper with a distinctly Australian penchant for scaring the bejeebus out of unwitting occupants.
But the omission of a stick from the Chevrolet SS’ short list of options was always an unfortunate detraction from its road-going fun – until now. Customers no longer have to suffer the consolation-prize of a torque-converter gearbox with patronizing paddle-shifters. Rather, it finally rests upon them to sort through gears and put the car’s 415 horsepower down on the road with a firm, vertical lever, like the good lord intended.
Yes reader, the Chevrolet SS – the brand’s first rear-wheel drive sedan since the Caprice of 1996 – is finally a complete creature.