By on April 28, 2014

Chevrolet SS

Up until now, the Australian-turned-American Chevrolet SS checked off nearly all of the boxes for performance enthusiasts who sought a sedan that had a Corvette soul, but could take the family out to a weekend at the Circuit of the Americas. Only a six-speed automatic and old-school suspension kept it from matching up with the likes of the Cadillac CTS-V, Chrysler 300 SRT8 and other similar sedans.

That could all change this summer, however. Motor Trend reported that the 2015 SS will come with a six-speed manual and the magnetic ride control found on the Camaro ZL1, Cadillac CTS Vsport and Corvette Stingray, which should better apply the 6.2-liter V8’s 415 horses and matching torque to the pavement if sources are correct.

Though GM remains quiet on the potential upgrades (and how much they might add to or subtract from the current $45,770 base price tag),MT says to expect the first sighting of the new SS to come during the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise this August.

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68 Comments on “2015 Chevrolet SS To Gain Six-Speed Manual, Magnetic Suspension This Summer...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    The bizarre part of this for me is that upgrades are being made to a car with a very finite shelf life given that it is being built on a platform and in a factory that will be eventually phased out.

  • avatar
    redav

    “Up until now, the Australian-turned-American Chevrolet SS checked off nearly all of the boxes for performance enthusiasts who sought a sedan that had a Corvette soul, but could take the family out to a weekend at the Circuit of the Americas. Only a six-speed automatic and old-school springs kept it from matching up”

    Also, it’s not a wagon, doesn’t come in brown, and can’t be bought used for under $10k.

    I predict that after the manual is available, sales won’t rise as enthusiasts find something else to b!tch about.

    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-Iron

      No. No. That’s not true. That’s impossible!

    • 0 avatar
      mkirk

      No CPO, No Diesel….NO SALE!!!

    • 0 avatar
      Siorus

      Well, they might manage to sell one more because of the clutch pedal.

      I need to buy a 4 passenger car sometime in the next 18 months or so. The only reason I wasn’t considering the SS is because it didn’t offer a stick. I’m considering one now; I very nearly bought a 6spd G8 GXP when they were new and I still kick myself for passing on it, and I might just take GM up on it this time.

      I’m not fully on board yet because the SS is significantly slower and less powerful than the other cars that I was looking at. It’s also several hundred pounds lighter, though, and I may end up wanting less weight more than I want more speed.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Chevy honestly doesn’t know where to begin with this car. They don’t promote it at all,it’s not long for this world and at $45,770 it has some serious competition

  • avatar
    TrnsprtrPL

    Perhaps I’m looking at this incorrectly, but other than the magnetic ride how is this better than a Pontiac G8 GXP? And what incentive to I have to pay for a $45K Chevy that in my opinion has already been bested by the car mentioned above?

    Ah I see the first commenter also has similar reservations…

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      You can actually find a new one for sale with a full warranty at a dealer, versus trawling through ebay and craigslist for 5-year-old beat-to-hell examples?

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    GM just Peter North’d everyone who has bought the SSs so far. That was a real crappy move

    • 0 avatar
      threeer

      Doubt it. Most folks that bought the SS knew going in it was an automatic transmission, and if they plunked down their money, did so with that full knowledge. No porking there…maybe some slight disappointment.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Sounds good to me. As pointless and impractical a manual transmission in this car is, the few that will choose that option will have a blast with it.

    Now since the engineering work is basically done in the Challenger, I wonder what the economics of offering the TR6060 in the Charger really are.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      “As pointless and impractical a manual transmission in this car is…”

      As they say there’s an ass for every seat. I welcome the addition of a manual in a sports sedan. If you ask me, one should have been available in the G8 GT and the Charger should also have that option (along with a bit more athleticism).

      • 0 avatar
        Truckducken

        Hell yes on the Charger. That would be a no-brainer for my next car if it had a stick. But with three kids, the Challenger won’t cut it. I guess I am too young to understand the two-door thing anyhow.

        • 0 avatar
          Advance_92

          When I grew up my parents had a pair of Accord hatchbacks and refused to consider a sedan. When I bought my first (used) car I bought an Accord of the same vintage I grew up in, but of course it had to be a sedan.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          When I was growing up, I rode around the first 2-4 years of my life in the back of an 85 Regal (no T-top). I do remember how hard it was for my mom to get two kids in car seats back there when we’d go to the store.

          But they replaced it with an 88 or 89 Dynasty*, and I’m not sure that was any better.

          *Mitsu engine.

          • 0 avatar
            raresleeper

            My folks (and I, for that matter) all worked for and ran a large used car dealership in the 80’s through the early 2000’s.

            There was just about every well worn domestic (not many imports, my parents were non-believers in the imports) dealer demos you could ever imagine being used by our household.

            The “Die Nasty” was one of the frequent ones.

            The car was totally mundane in every way, albeit it obscure nowadays.

            Nothing stood out about that car at all. Dreadful K-Car like performance to boot.

            Yuck.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I think once they got the V6 which was non-mitsu (28CL knows about this one) it wasn’t so bad?

            The real rare one is the 90-92 New Yorker, with its K++length platform and unobtanium rear suspension components.

            There’s a Salon trim with leather (!) on Ebay right meow.

          • 0 avatar
            raresleeper

            Had a friend who almost killed himself driving his 96 Z28.

            He was completely sh*tfaced, and when he came to, he found himself upside down in a ravine off of the side of a major interstate, being pulled out by paramedics.

            The next time I saw him, he climbed out of- with his cane, of course- a 92(ish) New Yorker.

            Yes, those last New Yorkers were good lookin’ cars for the time. You really didn’t see too many of them, even then.

            And to this day, my buddy avoids any car with copious amounts of horsepower.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Course now that I say it, the 91-92 Imperial is more rare than the 91-93 New Yorker.

            But here’s the loaded Salon, which is rare because the Salon was the base model.
            http://www.ebay.com/itm/141269160368?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

          • 0 avatar
            raresleeper

            You know what, though?

            They all still look low-budget to me. Even the Imperial.

            Just can’t shake that opinion.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Oh yes, they’re very a very tarted-up glossy but no substance vehicle. Perfect for the old WWII vets they were supposed to attract.

          • 0 avatar
            hubcap

            “He was completely sh*tfaced, and when he came to, he found himself upside down in a ravine off of the side of a major interstate…

            And to this day, my buddy avoids any car with copious amounts of horsepower.”

            Maybe it’s just me but I’d venture a guess that avoiding being behind the wheel while sh*tfaced would be the proper course of action. Of course, as with most things, YMMV.

          • 0 avatar
            raresleeper

            You fall off the horse, you get back on it.

            Or avoid it completely.

            I’m with you, though, hubcaps.

  • avatar
    heavy handle

    What’s missing from the SS isn’t slightly better springs. It’s personality. The SS looks like a Cruze/Malibu. There’s no drama and nothing to hold your interest.

    It doesn’t matter if this car is better in every other way than the Challenger/Charger. It looks like crud, so it won’t sell.

  • avatar

    The 6 to 11 people a month who buy a car like this are very excited. The SS gets a manual and magnetic ride while the 15,000 unit a month Malibu gets nothing. The Malibu needs a new rear, V6, AWD and manual.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      The Malibu doesn’t need any of that stuff. At all.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        The Malibu is a nonsense boring rental, so it doesn’t really need any changes. Agree.

        • 0 avatar
          kjb911

          The only thing I hate about my 14 2LTZ Malibu is lack of a manual. But honestly if I wanted that I’d just go to the Regal.

          I’ve had performance cars and off roaders, but there is something about the top spec bu that keeps a smile on my face.

          We had a 2012 V6 LTZ on the lot and compared it to the 14 2.0T, hands down the 14 was a better car.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    It would be cooler if they had put in that snazzy new LT motor instead…

    But I guess it’s not worth the investment on a low-volume car like this.

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Gotta burn through all those LS motors sitting in the warehouse. Also I don’t know if I’d pine for an LT just yet. I know people lose their poo over direct injection but I’d wait and see how these engines fair with coking on the intake valves before running down and plunking hard earned money on GM’s latest and greatest.

      GM might have solved the issue but its interesting to note other vehicle manufacturers with supposedly better engineering chops offer hybrid fuel delivery systems with the unstated objective of keeping those valve backsides free of carbon.

  • avatar
    fredtal

    What’s next a wagon?

  • avatar
    noxioux

    Saw a black one this weekend, and almost overlooked it because Impala/Malibu/Generic Chevy. But took another look. Were I in the market, and for some batshit crazy reason wanted to get rid of my Miata, I’d totally rock an SS with a manual.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Still haven’t addressed my main complaint, get rid of the electric park brake, can’t be of much use in emergencies without electricity or mechanism failure. At least one can inspect regular e brake linkage.
    And besides who wants 400+HP when you can’t have fun with it.

  • avatar
    rdodger

    Heavy Handle said exactly what I was thinking. The car is a Malibu/Cruze on steroids. I don’t care if it has 600hp, I still wouldn’t buy it for the looks alone. For $45k I want something that looks unique and this doesn’t. Just another ho hum Chevy, but that’s just my opinion.

    • 0 avatar
      JD-Shifty

      so you’d rather drive a comic book car like a challenger, camaro, mustang or corvette?

      • 0 avatar
        This Is Dawg

        Has anyone ever put up posters of econoboxes on their walls as a kid? Does anyone dream of blending in and avoiding excitement? No. If you’re the kind of person that wants an expensive(ish), powerful car, you want the look.

        Unless I missed the part where the SS outsells these comic book cars?

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    If I had the option of a manual HSV/Chev SS or the HSV in my link with an auto.

    I would take the HSV in my link any day over a Chev SS stick shift.

    An awesome car from GMH.

    http://www.carsguide.com.au/news-and-reviews/car-reviews-road-tests/2014_hsv_gts_review_auto_81130_06012014

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    General Motors never said they planned to sell these at Charger level volume. They stated right out of the gate, 3K to 5K a year was the goal – if anything this was little more than a sad attempt to prop up flagging Australian production at Holden and try to squeeze some dollars out of the VF platform.

    At current run rate GM is on track to sell within that range (based on first three month sales, April sales data could change that picture) at around 3.5K units. Given the initial limited numbers and the craptastic winter most of the country had (when RWD 415 HP sleds built for the Outback generally don’t sell all that well) the numbers in theory should tick up a bit in the warmer weather.

    GM said they would not introduce a manual or other versions unless the sales numbers hit target. Question answered.

    As for the initial gritches on performance – the only reviewer that couldn’t get close to 0 to 60 in 4-1/2 seconds was CR, and they even said (in their rave review) that the weather conditions were brutal and harsh on the summer only rubber, which had no hope of properly adhering to the frozen Michigan wintertime pavement.

    As for the over priced gritches – again – there have been a wide number of magazine review from a wide range of sources that correctly point out – when optioned up apples to apples – the equivalent Charger isn’t cheaper, and an equivalent Chrysler 300 is ridiculously more expensive.

    With all that said I’ve seen one in the flesh – it is boring – really boring. Chevrolet really missed on the design – but there are a number here in the B&B gritching about this being subdued, who equally gritch the G8 GXP is over the top (so what the heck do you really want).

    Last thought – if in 2016 GM were to bring the wagon here, with a manual, and magnetic ride control – I could see the G8 leaving my garage. Especially considering that $20K private sale probably wouldn’t be out of the question.

    It doesn’t even have to be offered in brown and I’ll take a gas engine.

    ;-)

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Well the SRT Charger is $47,000+ asking price but there are also a hell of a lot more flavors of Charger. I still say this should be a bread and butter sedan with a 3.6 V6 model and two flavors of V8. The current one and then the new LS.

      But then I’m the same guy who would tell Ford to build a full size RWD sedan called Galaxie with the same engines as the Mustang. But wait now I sound like Bark…

  • avatar
    canddmeyer

    The SS can gain all GM can give it, but until it loses $10,000 off MSRP it is going to sit on a dealers lot for a long time.

  • avatar
    Ion

    I would be intresting in leasing one if a manual was available.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Chevrolet SS? Nah, I’m holding out for the Chrysler Gestapo.

    • 0 avatar
      vvk

      Yes, Schutzstaffel name is quite unfortunate. Certainly leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I would have to hide it somehow if I had one of these.

      GM is very stupid selling this as Caprice in Arab countries and SS in the US. It would make sense to reverse the names.

  • avatar
    wmba

    ” old school springs “?

    Cameron, are coil springs old school? The magnetic part is just the shock absorber, not the springs.

    Corvette engine? No, incorrect again.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      …Corvette engine? No, incorrect again…

      But isn’t that nuanced. The LS3 was the C6 engine – and under the hood of the SS it is neutered by 15 HP.

      • 0 avatar
        JD-Shifty

        wow a whole 15hp. totally “neutered
        :rolleyes:

        • 0 avatar
          NoGoYo

          I never understood what made a certain engine make less power when installed in a certain vehicle back when Ford and GM did that constantly.

          What made a Mustang 4.6 10 horsepower stronger than a Thunderbird 4.6? What made a Corvette LT1 25 horsepower stronger than a ’93 Camaro LT1?

          See, I think it’s just bullsh*t and those engines make the same amount of horsepower, but for all I know the Camaro LT1 was actually different in some way. I know the B-body LT1 had iron heads that didn’t flow as well as the Camaro/Corvette heads did.

          • 0 avatar
            bumpy ii

            Exhaust routing and pipe diameter, usually. More bends, smaller tubes, and busier mufflers will nick a few ponies off the top. Also have to figure in different accessories which could affect the net ratings.

    • 0 avatar

      Coil springs are old-school with air suspension around. Anyway, that sentence has been amended.

      That said, APaGttH is correct about the LS3 under the hood of the SS, as it was the Corvette’s base engine from 2008 through 2013.

  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    It’s too ugly and too expensive.

    At least with the 300 you look like Heisenberg.

  • avatar
    Lee

    “Australian Tuned”??? How about Australian Built.


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