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Pricey performance from down under
by Mike Schlee

The General is back at it. For the second time in the past ten years, an Australian rear-wheel drive V8 sedan is immigrating to America. The Holden Commodore will once again receive minor styling tweaks and be re-badged, this time as a Chevrolet and not a Pontiac (for obvious reasons). You can be excused if you were not aware of this because Chevy isn’t making a big deal about the newest member of the family.

FAST FACTS
1. An LS3 6.2LV8 makes 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque.

2. The only transmission currently available is a six-speed automatic.

3. Shares its platform with the Camaro and Caprice police sedan.

4. The SS begins at $45,770 after destination charges.

5. Gas mileage rated at 14 mpg city, 21 highway.

The SS is Chevrolet’s official car of the NASCAR sprint series, but as the brand’s first V8, rear-wheel-drive sports sedan since the 1996 Impala SS, we expected more commotion. And after a brief drive in one, we think a bigger deal should be made – just ignore the price sheet.
Commodore Clone, Round Two

As mentioned, the SS is based on the Australian Holden VF Commodore and shares a platform with the Chevrolet Camaro and Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle. That classifies the car as a full-size sedan and due to its performance pretension, it will compete head-to-head with the Ford Taurus SHO, Chrysler 300C SRT8 and Charger SRT8 twins.

Like the G8 before it, the SS’s design isn’t over the top. It doesn’t offend but it is hard to call it overly attractive; it’s just there. Some might even call it boring. The dual tip exhaust pipes, front Brembo brake calipers and large rear tires are the only exterior hints at the cars true performance.
Read the complete Chevy SS Review at AutoGuide.com
 
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