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Electric cars are for those who would rather drive slow, boring commuters that don't consume fossil fuels and therefore don't spew pollutants from their tailpipes. Gas-powered cars – and especially those wearing time-honored badges like SS, R/T or GT – are for those who prefer fire-breathing, tire-screeching performance and care much more about nitrous oxide than nitrogen oxide. Right? Not so fast, says Bob Lutz.

When asked whether or not Chevy could shock the performance crowd with an SS version of the upcoming Volt, Lutz said, "I would not discount that possibility." That's as close as you're going to get to an admission of intent this early in the game. Lutz goes on to suggest that the Voltec powertrain will allow for plenty of on-demand power. "[I]f we want to sacrifice a little bit of fuel efficiency in the interest of performance and still get over 200 miles per gallon, we can do that any time."

Following the same logical train of thought, we could certainly see a V-Series of the Cadillac Converj. If you're interested in hearing the news straight from the horse's Lutz's mouth, click past the break for a video.


  • Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman
  • Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman
  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt passes a trolley while navigating the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt drives near the Golden Gate Bridge while on an engineering development drive in San Francisco, California Saturday, April 25, 2010. The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt navigates the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range on display at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • The first pre-production Chevrolet Volt rolls off the line at the Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The pre-production versions of the Volt will not be sold at dealerships, but will be used to assure all steps in the production system will meet the quality targets set by the Volt engineering team. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet) (04/01/2010)
  • A Chevrolet Volt battery at the General Motors Global Battery Systems Lab in Warren, Michigan Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The Chevrolet Volt will offer customers an unprecedented standard 8 year/100,000 mile warranty on its lithium-ion battery. GM engineers have completed more than 1 million miles and 4 million hours of validation battery testing since 2007. Each Volt battery pack has nine modules and 288 cells. GM designed and engineered 99 percent of the 155 components in each battery. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

[Source: Fox Car Report via GM-Volt.com]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      This deserves a rendering. Of the Volt and the Converj.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Screw Volt, bring back Cién!
        • 5 Years Ago
        we still have a year before they release the regular Volt!!!....so at the rate GM is advertising their "new cars" multiple years in advance we wouldnt see a Volt SS untill 2016 at the earliest unless they do the SS wrong like others have mentioned
        • 5 Years Ago
        I say they're doing this high-power version for the Cadillac.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Big engine Bob strikes again!

      Talk of beeing counterproductive...instead of making it even more efficient (and popular)he wants to use some borrowed GM cash to make a SS-version...what a joke.

      This guy is to old...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Brian,

        We looked at Solstices but they were selling for 5-10K above sticker. Apparently someone wanted them...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Minimum Bob is lucky the taxpayers of this country don't lock him onto a Solstice (yeah, THAT worked out real well, didn't it Bob?) and push it off a bridge into the Detroit River.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can we just focus on getting the Volt to production?
      • 5 Years Ago
      David to Lutz: Bankruptcy (again) and Dissolution are also a possibility.

      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems that in the current administration's eyes, performance means boring and uninspired styling, 0-60 in 8+ seconds, stronger batteries (whose lethal chemicals probably come from pollution heavy mines and factories in China). If a so-called "high performance" version of the Volt is developed and wears the SS badge, the entire car loving community will lose any respect they have left for the once great moniker, a Volt SS will Simply Suck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Cruze SS would be a better idea.
      • 5 Years Ago
      does bob lutz ever know what he is talking about? this is such BS... watch in two days or less there is going to be a statement by GM saying that there will be no such product
      • 5 Years Ago
      i feel like we know Lutz too well... Possibility=Not gonna happen
      • 5 Years Ago
      0-60 in 9, instead of 10, seconds!












      effective range:150mi
      • 5 Years Ago
      i've prolly said it before, but i'll say it again: use the aggressive front fascia from the Ampera to make a "sporty-looking" Volt. other things that could make a "Volt Sport" could include:
      -loud colors and splashy graphics (obviously)
      -a bolder interior (like the black & red of the Ampera VS appliance white on the Volt)
      -finally, since the readouts are electronic, a sporty version could have a sporty UI (like the Reventon's or Ferarri FXX's.) this is a simple way of taking something simple and changing the experience in a sporty way. since an increasing number of new cars today are including LCD dash displays, this may come to pass.

      electric cars, as proven by the Tesla, can be sporty. early drives of the Volt have returned reviews of how car-like the driving experience was. a somewhat sporty version could be released relatively cheaply (i.e. at a reasonable price point compared to the standard Volt) with nothing more than cosmetic work and electronic wizardry.

      my $.002
        • 5 Years Ago
        What you are proposing doesn't add anything sporty to your driving experience, its just some gimics.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      ........


      Thats all i have to say about this "volt"
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