2006 Chevy Malibu SS

WK: Chevy's only debuts were SS model upgrades to two of their best selling models. The Trailblazer SS gets the most work with the wonderful LS2 6.0-liter V-8 from the Corvette and a worked-over suspension. The Malibu and Malibu Maxx SS benefit the most from a new crossbar-less nose and a 3.9-liter V-6 with variable-valve timing and 240 horsepower. Chevy already carted out a lot of product during the 2005 auto show season, NY received what I would consider the least significant of the vehicles.
Grade: C

DT: If you're going to do a high performance focused display at the New York Auto Show it better be over the top. See Ford for examples. Chevy was not over the top with their SS models. The odd thing is they all look better than the originals and I think a lot more Malibus would be sold if they looked like the SS, even if they didn't have the added performance. The same goes for the Trailblazer SS. In the end the SS line didn't do enough in the upgrade department but it's nice to have the option and better skins.
Grade: C+

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