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We were excited to announce when Bob Lutz confirmed that GM was working on a higher-performance version of the Corvette. The announcement finally vindicated all those spy shots of a suped-up Corvette test mule, dubbed the "Blue Devil", that was caught undergoing developmental testing for so long. And it gave fans of American muscle something to look forward to in the wake of the new 600-horsepower Dodge Viper.

Now reports are surfacing that the highly-anticipated 600-hp Super-Vette, which is what we called it in the absence of anything more official, will wear the Corvette SS badge. You may recall that after the storied SuperSport badge got diluted with less than SuperSporty products, Chevrolet promised it would only use the name for cars that truly deserved it. We think it's safe to say that the upcoming Corvette SS will be a fitting resurrection of the badge, don't you?

The Corvette SS, which will be known internally as GMX245-SSC (GMX245 is the product code for the C6-generation Corvette), is tipped to make its debut at next year's Detroit show. Some of us here at Autoblog will be cryogenically freezing ourselves until then, we're that stoked.

[Source: Winding Road]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      ok, well all of you have it wrong. "SS" was always used as a trim option--not a ture preformance enhancment. What has happened, is when people restore a '61 Impala SS, they yank out the I-6 and put in a crate motor 409.

      Also, the orginal progression of the Camaro was base, RS, Z28. The SS option could only be added to RS or Z28 cars but could be added to EITHER RS or Z28.

      I will also agree with those of you who said it should have been called Sting-ray. I hyphenated it because I am not sure if I would call this new supper Corvette Sitng Ray, or Sringray. I am sure you will all remember that the first Sting Ray was too words and later in 1969, the name was brought back as Stingray (one word).

      Anywho, the point is that SS was made into a performance badge only by its fans and performance nuts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To prove my point, simply walk into a book store and pick up a book about chevys.

      You know, books... those things with pages and ink.
      • 8 Years Ago
      2. Moniker's should get more impressive and elaborate as the trim increases.

      Subaru WRX STi spec C TYPE RA-R
      Now THAT's how it's done!

      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/08/rallylicious-subaru-wrx-sti-spec-c-type-ra-r/
      • 8 Years Ago
      Corvette "SS"? Is that the best they could come up with? Sigh....
      http://www.rolesor.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think its a good move to name it the SS. Simply because the other chevy models can leach off it and use it for their performance versions. Keeping things consistent. The car will be impressive no matter what they call it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that it would do good for the SS brand. I love the logo and the image (swaggering SS), but there have been some diluted products. The only really worthy ones are the Cobalt SS S'Charged, mabey the Silverado, and (believe it or not) the TrailBlazer SS (trust me, I have one). The TBSS is a great sleeper, but it would be nice to get some pizazz back to SS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok, Talis, you are wrong here. In the 1967, 1968, and 1969 Camaros, SS was not an appearance package on Z28s. In those years, an SS meant either a 350 or 396 cubic inch engine, with varying levels of power (up to 375hp). RS was an appearance package that was available on either Z28s or SSs. Z28s in those years were only available with the high winding 302 cubic inch small block, rated at 290hp. Soooooo, the progression was Base - Z28 - SS, in terms of power, like I said.

      It's not nice to get all high-and-mighty if you're wrong.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @Fabulo:

      The Z06 is already lighter than the base model, and the new SS is supposed to be even lighter than that. Some speculate it will even come in under 3000lbs. I doubt it, but I bet it will shed a few pounds at any rate.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #19

      You can all ways get your awesome-kick-ass-version as a big ol' sticker across the windshield. Haha.
      • 8 Years Ago
      jg wrote "... Its a Corvette, there shouldn't be anything non-SS about even the basest base model. ..."

      Exactly. I love Corvettes. I like SS models. However, Corvette SS is cringe-worthy because the name is redundant.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if gm is to sell it like 100kusd, the interior is better be nice. the interior is what gm and other us automakers really need to work on.

      however, i think it would be nice if gm sells it for little more than current z06; probably the best performance car for the cost
      • 8 Years Ago
      I always thought the SS trim was in really bad taste. But that certainly is due to my Euro origins.

      SS unequivocally evoques the Nazis in my mind. SS for
      Schutzstaffel, here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS

      Besides that, what does it matter what they call it? It'll be the 600 bhp Corvette.

      Everybody wants to have more power, but when someone asks why not making it lighter, everyone raises an eyebrow and says "Why?"
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