It’s not every day someone purchases a new car, especially when it comes to me; I have peculiar taste. My palette does love the 2016 Chevrolet SS, though. So, I bought one.
Many of you may remember I owned a 2009 Pontiac G8 GT, swapped to a VE Holden Commodore SSV. I loved that car, I never thought I would rid myself of that car. It’s an amazing machine, and it provided me with an outlet to tell Holden’s story at every fuel pump and stop light.
But, as you and I are aware, Holden manufacturing will cease in about a year. It wasn’t that I no longer cared for my G8 GT, it was a matter of owning a slice of history.
Through the month of May, just over 7,000 Chevrolet SS sedans have been sold. 7,000 lucky buyers get it: this is a special, special car. Sure, there’s more performance to be had in a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS, and the Zeta platform’s old bones are heavy.
But, I don’t care. If you ever have the opportunity to slide behind the wheel of an SS sedan, seize the opportunity. The steering is crisp, and weighted perfectly. The manual gearbox plays like it and the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 have been BFFs since elementary school, and the clutch is surprisingly light and forgiving. The SS is sublime, and it’s not the first time I’ve said it. Not to mention there are more ammenities than I know what to do with; the G8 GT didn’t even arrive with Bluetooth. (But you G8 faithful will note the 2009.5 G8s did receive Bluetooth, just as the brand expired.)
I was one of two individuals to have ever purchased a Chevrolet SS from my particular dealership, leaving the sales force crowded around the Some Like It Hot Red Metallic sheetmetal I was taking delivery of. I didn’t feel self-centered, and I didn’t flaunt it. The roaring lion brings no badge ego. I simply conversed with them, shared its humble, Holden beginnings and was on my way to start logging miles of smiles.
It’s what a few industry friends and myself have dubbed Zeta Journal, and I wanted you all to have a look at the first page, and first chapter of this journey. And since the car gets utterly no exposure outside of NASCAR, consider this one giant advertisement to go buy one of the best damn sport sedans you’ll ever drive.
All thanks to some blokes down under.