I Liked The Chevrolet SS So Much, I Bought One38
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.
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I love this car so congrats Sean! As others mentioned, this would have been a sales hit if it were tied into the Impala line as the Impala SS. With AWD as an option it would have been insane and a great year round car for those of us with snow/ice half the year. I love the livability and practicality of this car. And when you want to have fun, it’s right there on tap. Though it’s a Holden, It has nice clean lines like Chevrolet’s of old too.. I appreciate that as I’m not into the overly busy designs of the last decade. Great great choice!
Love that car. V8 power an rear wheel drive-the way a sport sedan is supposed to be.
Congratulations Sean! You certainly do get it! They can talk, analyze & criticize, but.. The only way to appreciate one of these things is to get your backside in the driver’s seat and take it for a blast!! And then.. and only then will you get it! Enjoy Sean, Enjoy!!
I love those cars.
The only reason I didn’t buy one is because I’m too young to drive an Impala.
I’m too flashy of a guy.
I LOVE those so much though. I literally was filling out an order with my dealer for an SS, and I just couldn’t stomach paying that much for an impala SS. (Now I have a ferrari, a Porsche, and a Cadillac so its not that I couldn’t afford it- I couldn’t stomach it though). I talked to the salesman about GMPP Body kids or something to make it LOOK like a sports sedan, but there’s NOTHING they offered.
We used to have a G8 and I didn’t think it LOOKED indistinguishable to the typical person like another car.
So I hold out, hoping with all goodness that the SS’s replacement DOES actually show up, and it retains its manual gearbox, but looks like something someone under 50 could drive without being embarassed to show up at a meeting with. If it does, I’ll be right there with you!
In the mean time, congrats and I look forward to seeing more about your experiences with it!
I have been driving Audi for 15 years and still drive an ’05 Allroad 4.2L which I will keep for my winter car. But when my local dealer put the current Chevy 20% off sale tag on a black SS with all 2 options it was a no-brainer to drop the signature on the paper.
I bought a PBM 6MT during the 20% off sale. This car checks all of the boxes. What a fun ride!
July 16 I posted above about dropping a deposit on an SS. It is now Sept. 7 and they can’t tell me when the current recall hold will end. I am pretty pissed off at GM right now. They have held my cash for 6 weeks and can’t provide a firm date for delivery. The car is sitting at the dealer. The value of this car will continue to decline monthly as it is a 2016. I was initially told it would be 3 weeks when I placed a deposit. I am in Alaska and winter is fast approaching and this is a 3 season car here. If snow falls before the car is delivered I will buy another Audi and NEVER do business with GM ever again.
Did I say I was pissed at GM. Let me say it again. I am REALLY PISSED at Government Motors.
Finally in October after over 3 months wait they called to say the car was available. By that time there was snow on the ground and I had bought an Audi SQ5. I will never buy a GM vehicle now.
THE SS IS A NICE CAR, GOOD CAR, BUT CHEVROLET MOTOR DIV COULD CARE LESS, AS WE ALL COULD SEE FROM THE START.