• Nov 16, 2009
Chevrolet Lumina SS (Middle East edition) - Click above for high-res image gallery

If it's Monday, there must be a big, rear-wheel drive Chevrolet four-door coming soon. Tuesday? We'll retract and deny everything. We know, we know. We also know we just reported that the next Chevy Impala will remain front-wheel drive – but check this out. We've been hearing rumors for some time now, that despite whatever Fritz Henderson has to say on the matter, a high-performance version of General Motors' Zeta platform that underpins the Pontiac G8 will live on as a Chevy SS model, either badged as a Caprice or (more likely) an Impala. And we're not talking the police special. As Maximum Bob has said, the G8 is "Kinda too good to waste." Needless to say, we totally agree.

An eagle-eye'd AB reader named Jim just caught the following on a Pontiac G8 forum:
"My dealer had sent off pictures to GM of the cable portion of the front seats belts rubbing against the plastic on the side of the front seats. In an email sent back to the dealer, GM says that they have no plans to solve what has already been built but going forward a correction is planned. The email continues: ...a fix is planned for MY11.5 Chevy Police Program and MY12 Chevy SS. The fix will involve a protective sleeve that covers the buckle and section of the buckle stem that rubs on the plastic trim."

How 'bout them apples? That might normally be a sliver of a sliver of a rumor, but it exactly what what we've heard independently from a reliable source – and it brings a great big smile to our face. Now, repeat after us, LS3 with six-speed manual, LS3 with six-speed manual, LS3 with six-speed manual... Thanks a million, Jim!



[Source: G8 Board]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Tried to buy a G8 GT in Canada a few months ago, but there aren't any left. By far the best and only GM vehicle I am interested in. Would have bought one had there been one available.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Americans can be thankful for not having these dunnydoors. In Oz every 2 brain celled idiot and their dog has one of these things. And guess what , no one is impressed when they fly down the street trying to show off how great the v8 car they bought sounds. Only to come to a grinding halt 100 meters at the next set of lights. get a life , or maybe just shut the f up, people like this are right up there with idiots and their de baffled harleys
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not this again, notify us when there is truly something substantial. Stop raising my hopes then crushing it. Sucks I am in middle off paying off my existing auto loan and student loans, otherwise I would've gotten a a GTO or G8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the hell is that thing sitting on this car's rear wing? Is that a rock?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is like that ex that keeps hanging around. You think your gonna score but she's really there to talk.

      Believe it when I see it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LS3 with six-speed manual, sure... But don't forget to also include an optional navigation system, Chevy. Not offering any kind of nav on the G8, claiming the placement of the Aussie unit wasn't meshing with US laws, was a little ridiculous. If you're flipping the dash to make it left-hand drive, it's not that much harder to move the space for the head unit an inch or two. Not exactly rocket science. Such a car without a way to get a factory nav = sad.

      And while I'm a big fan of the G8 GXP, I agree with the other poster who said that a more stylish front clip would do wonders. Something more refined but also angrier... Hell yes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GRRR. That was for Matt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, the G8 is too good to waste -- but by the same token, it's crazy to wait until MY2012 before relaunching this car.

        • 5 Years Ago
        If it's getting fixed in MY2012, maybe we can hope that there's a non-fixed version that will be out in MY2011? Maybe?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want this to happen and to a point it makes sense. Why bring over a limited number of these cars have them rebadged and have the steering wheel brought over to the other side only to sell to police officers. A better idea would be to bring large quanties over hence making total cost be lower and also allow those of us who want a RWD power sedan all happy and giddy (yes I said giddy deal with it! lol).

      The market case to me should be a no brainer. To my knowledge they have no RWD sedan right? Hence a hole is in their car portfolio, the G8 previously filled that hole. We'll ignore how GM didnt properly advertise the car beyond commercials on Speed Tv every once in a blue moon. I hope this happens be nice to finally see GM start to completely right its product portfolio.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So GM doesn't give a s**t about fixing the rubbing cables on the plastic for models already shipped/built? Yea, that's great reason to but their crap. Sounds like Sony.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The G8 has none of the issues that the Camaro has. Consversely, the Camaro currently has none of the issues the G8 has.


        The "Chevy SS" if it truly is a Zeta based car, will probably be a Commodore (again) being shipped over, or a Statesman. Neither car has issues with rubbing cables.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still doubt it somehow.

      But oh, how I would love it!

      AB and GM need to stop teasing us about it though; pisses me off. Do it or don't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM needs to do this. With all the buzz it's created, and the fact that the platform and engine already exist, this is a no-brainer. Then again, there is no such thing as a no-brainer over at Government Motors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just in time for the end of the world. Thanks!
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