We’re going to take this one with a grain of salt, but it’s certainly plausible. We’ve heard mumblings from sources inside the Elizabeth assembly, responsible for building the VF Holden Commodore Series II and our Chevrolet SS, that more power is coming stateside for the sedan’s final model year.
2017 will indeed be the final year for the Zeta based Holden Commodore, and the Chevrolet SS. While Holden is no doubt planning a slew of final editions to send off the Commodore as locals know it, Yanks may be in for LSA power. That’s right, the source has stated the 6.2-liter LSA supercharged V8 may find a home under the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet SS.
Chevrolet has been quiet on what will become of its halo sedan. In fact, the brand has never stated the nameplate is officially dying, with rumors of a replacement swirling after the 2016 New York Auto Show. However, it’s unlikely the SS as we know it will live on with Zeta architecture.
Should the LSA make its way to the 2017 SS performance sedan, it would mean a major power bump. Currently, the Chevrolet SS performance sedan makes do with only 415 hp from the 6.2-liter LS3 V8. If Holden Special Vehicles is any indicator, power could increase to a healthy 580 hp from the supercharged LSA.
We’ll know more as Holden prepares the 2017 model year Commodore later this fall for Australia, indicating changes forthcoming for the Chevrolet SS.