The 2016 VF Holden Commodore Series II was just recently spied testing, marking the final iteration of the locally-developed, and produced, Commodore. But the 2016 Commodore wasn’t alone on the Lang Lang proving ground. The Chevrolet SS was spied keeping the car company.
The 2016 Chevrolet SS was done up with the same camouflage adorning its Australian cousin, a pretty good sign we will see a refreshed front clip for the 2016 model year, albeit minor.
The real news is the possibility of a power increase, which GoAuto deduces from its spy shots. The current 2015 Chevrolet SS enjoys the same chrome-alloy wheels as the range topping Commodore SSV Redline. But, spy shots show the same fat wheels and tires applied to the 2016 SS as the rumored LS3-powered 2016 Commodore Series II.
Now, we know the U.S. has already been enjoying the 6.2-liter LS3 in the Chevrolet SS, but rumor has it the 2016 Commodore Series II will receive the HSV tuned 6.2-liter LS3, which is responsible for 425 hp. That’s 10 extra ponies reporting for duty, up from the current LS3 configuration. And it’s possible that figure may climb.
Also on our radar still is the inclusion of a 1LE-derived handling package for the Chevrolet SS. Previous reports say engineers are begging to apply the incredible 1LE components to the sport sedan, but haven’t received the green-light as far as we know. A Chevrolet SS 1LE would require different tires, sized equally in the front and rear to increase neutrality. Maybe those new tires spotted are a subtle hint.
Our sources also say the Chevrolet SS has been evaluated for DSSV damper control via the Camaro Z/28, another possible addition to this incoming 2016 SS update.
The 2016 Commodore Series II is slated to be introduced late this year, with the 2016 Chevrolet SS not far behind it. You can have a look at the spy shots right here.