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What would you want in a higher-performance chevrolet SS????

Well, the Chevy SS Performance cat is out of the bag and we got a nice an heavy dose of it yesterday. On the surface, we like it, but our feelings are really lukewarm, as it truly seems to be lacking something. First of all, its styling is a little “blah,” for lack of a better word, and its suspension and braking systems are dated at best. The front braking and suspension systems are okay, for the most part, but the rear features technology from the late-1980s.

Don’t get us wrong, however, we love the 415-horsepower V8 powerplant, the TAPshift six-speed transmission and the nasty 3.27-to-1 rear end ration. We even fell in love with its “about 5-second” 0-to-60 time. It’s just the glaring lack of aggressiveness and the rear handling components that leave us scratching our heads.

The starts our speculating minds working. We are wondering if GM intentionally left this model a little simple to leave room for model growth. Maybe GM wants to see how well the SS sells and how many people really dig in and help out the SS with aftermarket suspension systems and more aggressive body kits.

Of GM sees lots of sales and lots of people tweaking the SS, it could release a higher-performance model. Something like the 1LE package, where minor tweaks to the suspension and braking systems, and the aesthetics to make it a better handler is the most likely of paths. However, a ZL1-like package to bump the ponies over 500 to help it better compete with the Charger SRT8 may be a possibility too.

Right now, we are simply thinking out loud, but it would be downright cool to see a full line of SS Performances to choose from.
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anything is possible if you belive in it. It all depends on the price of the base SS if its under $40 GM will have people standing at delerships waiting to buy one. IF its way over $40 they will have to drive it themselves.
 

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People can pay aftermarket companies $10-15k to improve their cars or Chevy can do it themselves. One would hope the manufacturer would figure out which is more profitable.
Ford did.
 

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anything is possible if you belive in it. It all depends on the price of the base SS if its under $40 GM will have people standing at delerships waiting to buy one. IF its way over $40 they will have to drive it themselves.
Agree. A base SS at $40k is reasonable but considering the news post on this forum about it being priced more than it should be make me believe this will be a $50k car.

If a higher performance model happens, I have a feeling it wont be for some time as they need to "test the waters" and sell enough of the base model SS sedans.

People can pay aftermarket companies $10-15k to improve their cars or Chevy can do it themselves. One would hope the manufacturer would figure out which is more profitable.
Ford did.
Good point. It's going to be a tough call, typically you can't go wrong with a factory tuned car as its built to be reliable and work properly with everything else.
 

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I think there's more on the horizon, but not until the new model in 2016. I just don't see GM putting much more into the SS until then, although it would be nice. Hopefully 40 (or less) will be the magic number.
 

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Some different sporty color choices for both interior and exterior,some different wheel choices, even some nice sport stripe packages couldn't hurt. I had a new '07 Monte SS in a straight, bright red with factory silver Rally stripes that I feel really made mine that much better looking than other Monte Carlo and Impala SS vehicles of that year.

I even ordered my Monte with cloth seats as I'm not a fan of leather ones.

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I think there's more on the horizon, but not until the new model in 2016. I just don't see GM putting much more into the SS until then, although it would be nice. Hopefully 40 (or less) will be the magic number.
Just curious how you know a new model is coming in 2016. Is this from information you found or are you following Chevrolet's update cycle from the past?
 

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Just curious how you know a new model is coming in 2016. Is this from information you found or are you following Chevrolet's update cycle from the past?
Info found. The Holden VF Commodore, which the SS is based on, will cease production in 2016 per the Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux. Hopefully something good will follow.
 

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Yup. It;s already out.
It's called the CTS-V.

Frankly, I can't see why anyone would buy a SS Sedan at this point unless it's priced really aggressively or offers AWD and DCT next year.
 

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Yup. It;s already out.
It's called the CTS-V.

Frankly, I can't see why anyone would buy a SS Sedan at this point unless it's priced really aggressively or offers AWD and DCT next year.
i agree.....even 45k for this car would be overpriced and poor value. Forget 50k....that's robbery....GM should beware of the GTO blunder back in 2004....that car was overpriced with no aggressive styling.....the SS may fall into the same problem.
 

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No moonroof please...

I want an LT1 with M6 or M7 tranny!!!:cool:


Will they offer a limited edition Daytona 500 edition SS for sale?
 

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(G)ross (M)ismanagement...:rolleyes::eek:
Hahaha that's what I felt GM has partially been.

Their just trying to be successful at milking people, reason why I might be staying away from the first production year Chevrolet SS. It will only be those that are not as patient as me buying one.
 

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Yup. It;s already out.
It's called the CTS-V.

Frankly, I can't see why anyone would buy a SS Sedan at this point unless it's priced really aggressively or offers AWD and DCT next year.
I find my G8 more comfortable than the CTS. Bigger back seat and trunk as well. All for a lot less than the V. It's all about bang for the buck.
I did like the STS-V though. Good proportions.
That being said, I would like to see the LT1, better suspension and brakes, and more aggressive styling in the SS.
 

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I find my G8 more comfortable than the CTS.
You'd be the only one.
The problem with the G8 is that idiots at GM tired to bend people over for a manual transmission (GXP) and the delusional private seller's that think they deserve "collector car" prices.
They both made me laugh as I bought another C6 and Infiniti G37x sedan.

IF the SS Sedan gets a manual transmission, it will make a good "4 door Camaro" daily driver, and if priced at a Camaro SS price point, it will sell.
If not, it will be another GM failure to be added to the list.
 

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I find my G8 more comfortable than the CTS. Bigger back seat and trunk as well.
I'd have to agree. I sat in one at the auto show last year and @ 6'2 I couldn't adjust the seat low enough to give enough head clearance. By the time I reclined far enough back for my head to clear I had fully assumed the gangster position. The whole inside felt overall proportionally smaller.
 

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I'd have to agree. I sat in one at the auto show last year and @ 6'2 I couldn't adjust the seat low enough to give enough head clearance. By the time I reclined far enough back for my head to clear I had fully assumed the gangster position. The whole inside felt overall proportionally smaller.
It sounds like sour grapes.
If you can't afford the CTS-V, you can tell yourself whatever you want.
But, no one is buying the G8 holds a candle to the CTS-V.
 
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