No music, no introduction for this video, just a shot of the back end of a Nightfall Gray Metallic Chevy SS, and the sound of a deep, rumbling exhaust note of the LS3 at idle. That low rumble instantly explodes into a raucous, shrieking roar as the rear tires begin to spin, roasting rubber, smoke pouring from rear meats howling from their torque-induced torture. The brake lights are still illuminated, as the driver holds the impending launch.
This won’t last long as the heat and adhesion build. The tail begins to step sideways, hot, melted rubber staining the pavement, as the driver lifts from the brake pedal. The 2017 Chevy SS moves away with haste and is enveloped in a cloud of white tire smoke. There is just no holding back this much asphalt rippling power.
Cue the funky rock theme, as we get a look at the Chevy SS from multiple angles. The paint is glossy, looks wet. We see the bright neon badge that announces a Supercharged LSA lurks beneath the shiny hood of this four-door beast. We get a look at the Brembo brake calipers that come standard on the Chevy SS, but these have been custom painted a retina-searing shade. They sit behind ACE Alloy AFF-02 wheels finished in satin black.
As the camera pans around the back of the car, we see tinted windows with a Boost District sticker running vertically down the driver’s side of the rear glass (which may give an indication as to some of the car’s secrets). A Hoonigan license plate trim tag surrounds a California vanity plate that reads, “SRY BRO.” Smash cut to the front view and we see the stock Chevy SS grille and emblem have been swapped for a custom set with a Holden badge.
The engine shot shows the LS3 has been topped with a ported LSA supercharger. More on that in a bit.
A quick cut shows the Chevy SS coming toward the camera under acceleration. As it passes and the camera pans to follow it, the sound of supercharger whine is overtaken by a loud, luscious, rowdy exhaust note reflecting off of the surrounding buildings. It makes you lust to hear it daily, neighbors and local constabulary be damned.
The AutotopiaLA badge flashes across the screen, and we are introduced by host Shawn Davis to the Chevy SS owner, a sizable man named Anthony. They briefly discuss Holden building the SS in Australia, then shipping them to the US. Anthony has swapped all the Chevy emblems for Holden.
Shawn inquires about all the work Anthony has done to the car. Anthony responds, “The car already comes with a decent amount of stuff. It came with with Brembo brakes, Mag Ride, bi-modal exhaust, plus the interior’s nice as well. The only things I did to it was the custom front badge, the custom front grille, and the LSA supercharger.” Shawn asks, “So this car comes with an LSA motor already?” Anthony says, “The LSA and the LS3 are pretty much the same motor except the internals are forged on the LSA. We can get the LSA supercharger and slap it on the LS3. It’s bolt-on.”
As they speak further, we learn that the LSA supercharger has been ported. The engine is currently running a stock cam, has a 2.75-inch pulley, and is “very tame for what it is.” Anthony expounds, “I could easily crank it out over 750 (horsepower), but it’s my daily.” With the addition of the supercharger, the Chevy SS that produced 415 stock horsepower at the crank now churns out 550 horsepower at the rear wheels on 91-octane pump gas. When Anthony switches to E85, that number jumps to 650 rear-wheel ponies. Impressive, indeed.
The exhaust responsible for that intoxicating roar is an ARH long-tube 1 7/8″ cat-less full exhaust with X-Force Varex controllable system.
Anthony claims it is a sleeper. Okay, it’s a rather unassuming dark gray. It is a sedan. It’s a little under the radar, unless you catch the neon chartreuse Supercharged LSA badges, or neon chartreuse Brembo calipers, or hear that I’ve-come-to-eat-your-children-and-gnaw-on-your-dead-skull ripping exhaust roar. The people who would mistake this for a Malibu would never be involved in a stoplight drag race. Those who would, would certainly think twice about coming after this beast.
The guys take the car out on the streets for a little test driving. Shawn is understandably impressed with the Chevy SS. They talk about how cool the car is. They switch drivers, and with Anthony behind the wheel, we get to see the car dance like James Brown. The back end slides, it glides, it positively gets on down, even with the benefit of traction control. It even catches a third gear scratch.
We are treated to some more fly-bys, and a few city street burnouts, until a disapproving woman on the sidewalk starts giving our hot rod heroes the hairy eyeball. They agree it’s time to quit having fun and just do one more epic burnout. The Chevy SS lays down a cloud that takes a week out of the ozone layer, then the boys head back to the garage.