When the Chevy SS hits showrooms in the coming months, it will only be offered with one powertrain choice – a 415-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and a six-speed automatic transmission – with just five colors to choose from and two options. That's it. And we should be happy for it.

Chevrolet is reportedly intent on keeping things simple, projecting sales of less than 3,000 units per year – less than a tenth of what it initially projected for its predecessor, the Pontiac G8, which offered three engine options. But if those modest sales targets are met, there's no reason why GM couldn't offer more powerful versions as well.

This according to John Fitzpatrick, who is responsible for marketing Chevy's high-performance models, in speaking with Automotive.com at the SEMA Show last week. If there's enough demand beyond those 3,000 units, GM could bring over the 455- or 580-horsepower versions offered by its HSV division in Australia, whose Commodore forms the basis for the Chevy SS, much as it did for the Pontiac G8. A manual transmission could also be in the mix, but again, only if there's enough demand.


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      express2day
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about a better name? SS should just be a performance trim level name, not a model name!
      pschultz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Coming soon, the SS SS!
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Super DUPER Sport? SDS. Has a nice ring to it...
      jcar302
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the idea of this car and a hotter version, but pricing keeps it from being sensible. You can get the awesome CTS V used for 40-45 grand (some cheaper). Stick or automatic. That's where my money will go. Had this car been mid low 30's, i would consider it. Not at 40k+
        mikemaj82
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        Cheapest CTS-V in my area is $35K but with 67K miles. No thanks. If you want anything decent that hasn't been beat to hell or drive 20K+ miles per year you need to spend at least $50K
          jcar302
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikemaj82
          Not true, i've been following them for a while. At a dealer the prices are obviously higher, but still a good deals are doable. Check ebay, sort by price and check out the mileage. 45 gets you a pretty nice car, some even lower. V's are not mustangs, not everyone beats on them.
          mikemaj82
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikemaj82
          Best deal near me (north jersey) is $39,995 with 46,555 miles. I'm kind of particular and don't really trust high mileage cars. The most recent used car I bought was my 2005 Corvette last year. It had 2,100 miles on it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        [blocked]
      Jack Beckman
      • 1 Year Ago
      And how will they know I would buy one with a manual since they don't offer it? I already know not to go to a showroom and ask.
        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jack Beckman
        Existing customers, especially existing customers of manual cars. You bring your Camaro/Corvette in for service, wonder round the shop and let it be known that you like it, but not with an automatic. That happens enough people notice.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dixon Ticonderoga
          By then it is usually too lateā€¦
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 1 Year Ago
      They might sell more if it didn't look so much like a Malibu.
      MANARC100
      • 1 Year Ago
      LT-1 from new vette, Stick shift option, black wheels option. Fixed it.
      Nick B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bringing over the HSV GTS as a Chevy is a pipe dream and will never happen. It would eat into CTS/ATS-V sales and would probably cost more than both due to having to ship from Australia etc... That being said I could see them turning the HSV Clubsport R8 into a "hotted" up SS.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick B
        In the article Fitzpatrick says they're completely different kinds of cars for completely different kinds of customers. If they could bring the VF Commodore SS-V over here for $45k then I think the HSV Gen F GTS starting at $60k could be plausible. I would rather buy the HSV Gen F GTS version of the Chevy SS than a CTS Vsport or ATS-V if they were similar price points.
      omgcool
      • 1 Year Ago
      15,000 people will write to Chevrolet telling them there is proper demand. 2,000 of said people will write a check. I'd like this vehicle to come to sale in the US market, but realistically, I'll never own one, so out of courtesy to GM, I won't be signing up for it.
      Charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Double edged sword. No way I'm getting rid of my G8 GXP Stickshift for an Automatic. I'll just wait for 3,000 idiots to buy an Auto...maybe then I can get my Stick? That's like saying if we keep the ugly prostitute busy, you might let us look at the pretty one. Makes no sense at all.
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you want a really fast SS, then have 3000 of your friends buy the slower models first.
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty sure there will be no demand once sleazy dealers throw a couple thousand more on the hood because they're "limited production" models.
        Dustyn Truax
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        the 2 SS in my area are at msrp value. wont sell but at least the dealers arent trying to prevent it.
        Charles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        I know a dealership offering it at MSRP. You can always find a dealer willing to sell at MSRP or less.
        vietusa74
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Probably $5000 at least.
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