The final Australian-made American muscle car, the 2016 Chevrolet SS, has been revealed just days after the unveiling of its Holden Commodore donor car.
Already equipped with the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 that’s just been dropped into our Commodore, the changes to the updated Chevy SS are limited to cosmetic tweaks and a new exhaust.
As with the sports versions of the refreshed Commodore, the 2016 Chevrolet SS gets a revised front end with vertical ducts on its outer edges designed to direct airflow over the front wheel openings to improve aerodynamic efficiency, along with a new LED lighting signature, new bonnet vents and new-design 19-inch cast-aluminium wheels.
Like the Commodore, there’s a new dual-mode exhaust fitted at the rear, which claims to deliver quieter performance at low engine speeds and a more muscular note at full throttle.
Unlike its Holden twin, however, the Chevy SS doesn’t adopt clear-lens tail-lights, instead carrying over its existing red-lens fixtures.
No changes under the bonnet means the SS continues to produce 310kW and 563Nm from its V8, with power sent to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with paddleshifters.
General Motors International president Stefan Jacoby today reiterated that Chevrolet has no plans for a rear-wheel-drive performance sedan to succeed the SS, meaning that, as with the Commodore, it will be the last vehicle of its kind from the American manufacturer.
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