“We haven’t been this excited about an American sedan in a long time.” The new Chevrolet SS isn’t actually a purebred American: It’s built in Australia and is based on an Aussie-designed platform from General Motors’ Holden division. But the SS revives a tag once synonymous with Detroit-style power and performance in a four-door package that’s quick, well balanced, and “surprisingly light on its feet.” If you don’t buy it, “at the very least you should be happy this car exists.”
“In profile, the SS carries a basic shape that says ‘family car’ more than sport sedan.” A 415-hp V-8 borrowed from Chevy’s Corvette resides under hood, though. And while the six-speed transmission could have used two more gears, ride and handling are exceptional enough that “in pure performance terms,” the SS compares favorably with BMW’s 535i.
Much effort was also put into the roomy interior. Leather touches are everywhere, and the distinctive thick-rimmed steering wheel “adds a sense of purpose.” Truly, it just seems wrong that this powerful, comfortable, rear-wheel-drive sedan is expected to attract only about 4,000 buyers in its debut year. “This is, after all, the sort of car that built this country.”