While the world is busy mourning the confirmed news that a V8-powered sedan will not be a stable of Holden’s future lineup, Chevrolet has dropped official details on the 2016 SS performance sedan.
The biggest changes with the 2016 Chevrolet SS are in the exterior styling department, which receives the same sculpted look in the front as its Australian sister, the 2016 Holden VF Commodore Series II. The new, chiseled fascia now sends air over the front wheels for improved aerodynamics and, in the process, deletes the fog lights for new signature LED lighting. And much like the 2016 Commodore Series II, the 2016 Chevy SS sees new badging on the front grill thanks to a new Super Sport badge.
In addition, the 2016 SS sees the same functional hood vents as the Commodore Series II, but the new 19-inch cast aluminum wheels are a distinct design for the Chevy. Interestingly, the taillights do not receive the clear lens treatment that the 2016 Commodore Series II does. However, the 2016 SS does share the new Slipstream Blue exterior color with its Australian brother.
Power for the 2016 SS sedan still comes from the tried-and-true LS3 6.2-liter V8 that still makes 415 hp and 425 pound-feet of torque, but a new bi-modal exhaust allows for quieter cruising speeds and even more brutish noises at wide open throttle. The technology is also available on the 2016 Commodore Series II.
With news the Chevrolet SS will die after Holden manufacturing ceases, manual-gearbox equipped cars should be the strongest sellers. But for those who must choose the six-speed automatic, paddle shifters have been added to the steering wheel for added sporting driving pleasure.
We think the 2016 Chevrolet SS has collector car in the making written all over its refreshed front face. And that’s a good a thing.