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Spying: Chevrolet SS


William Maley
Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
May 30, 2012

Almost two weeks after GM announced the return of the Chevrolet SS, Automobile Magazine got their hands on the first spy shots of SS.

While we can't tell much about the front and back (GM has done a good job of layering camouflage on those bits), we can see the SS will be based on the VF Commodore.

Also unknown is the powerplant. Chevrolet said the SS would come with V8 power, and the photographer noted a V8 growl coming from beefy dual exhaust pipes. There's a good chance the SS could use all-new fifth-generation small-block V8 engine.

Source: Automobile Magazine
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Well it seems like the rear end might be something like the new Impala, which is a good thing, imo, I see it will have a 4-element taillamp system instead of the generic Caprice PPV look. I see horizontal bars on the grille, again like the new Impala. Hopefully this car will only share doors, roof, and glass with the Holden as far as exterior panels go. *crosses fingers*
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Nice!
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Why bother with all the camo? Just dress the car up with G8 sheetmetal and it will fool 99% of people..
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Why bother with all the camo? Just dress the car up with G8 sheetmetal and it will fool 99% of people..


I don't think that plan would exactly work...
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I think (with this car especially) they want it to be seen to be testing, but not seen while testing.

If you get my meaning.
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Well it seems like the rear end might be something like the new Impala, which is a good thing, imo, I see it will have a 4-element taillamp system instead of the generic Caprice PPV look. I see horizontal bars on the grille, again like the new Impala. Hopefully this car will only share doors, roof, and glass with the Holden as far as exterior panels go. *crosses fingers*

Yep. Wonder why some people see Malibu with that kind of camo on, though... :blink:
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I expect this car to be much like an updated imporved GXP G8. I do expect some HSV work to show up in special editions at a even higher cost. They will try to slot this in as the CTSV for the guy who can only afford to spend $55K.

I like how they tried to make the front fender look like it has the old Holden bulge that is reported to be missing in the new car.

The tail lamps look like they were lifted from a Malibu. I wonder if they are just stand in's or if they are the direction they will be working toward. I was hoping for a much stronger tail lamp than what Holden has been useing. I as behinf a G8 yesterday and as much as I like the car the tail lamps could have been better.

I hope Chris drops in and lets us know what his in person impressions were since his name is on these. Good Job Chris. Time to get the Chopper up and over Warren now LOL!

I agree Camino this was not a chance meeting and they wanted this seen. GM is careful like that anymore. They always seem to leave you wanting more till show time.
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Chris did a nice job on snapping the pictures of the auto. :P

Looks like it will be a nice SS, should have a good smallblock v8 and if tuned right should handle very well.
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The front sheetmetal reminds me of something I sketched out years ago.

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It's not that I expect the SS to look like my SS. Not at all. But the hood does appear to be slightly domed above the front quarter panels.
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There is an artist's sketch for the VF.

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There is an artist's sketch for the VF.

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From what I have seen and been able to put together this is pretty close to what we should expect. It is a evolution change but there will be changes in the VF.

Note too the Chevy and Holden will be pretty much the same less the emblems and changes needed for each market.

As I have been saying Chevy and Holden are becoming one. We gave them a Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu and Colorado and we get this and I hope a Ute in exhange. I think we got the better of the deal.

It will be interesting to see if the new Alpha Camaro becomes the new Holden Coupe.

I wonder how long till someone starts selling Holden emblems to people here to make their Chevys into Holdens Or Holdens into Chevys down there.
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As I have been saying Chevy and Holden are becoming one.


Really? Me too!

Indeed. I've said in the past on the forums that in the future Holden will be to Chevrolet what Vauxhall is to Opel. It wasn't hard to see the writing on the wall there.

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Kermit's buttocks look too too much like the Malibu. I mean I know it's a chop, but come on. The new Impala's asscheeks look SO much nicer than this Malibu's, the chopper should have aimed higher in the Chevrolet lineup when he cut and pasted.
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1. Bringg it here ASAP, it's about time!!!

2. offer both wheelbase versions, the long one as the Caprice Classic.
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I actually kind of like how the Malibu taillights look on that sketch. The lights themselves might not be the best looking of those in Chevy;s current stable, but they do work with the car.

It's the 2002-Corolla-inspired grille and headlights that have me worried. That is one design that should not be revisited.
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If the VF ends up looking like that, well, I'd prefer the VE.

Don't like the front, and hate the semi- banglebutt.
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If the VF ends up looking like that, well, I'd prefer the VE.

Don't like the front, and hate the semi- banglebutt.


I would relax and just let them finsh the car. While this image is close it is not 100% it. There are details in this photo I have heard would not be there. The large fender flairs in the front were reported to be gone in the Chevy version. It is to have a smoother look.

The end product could still have a much different tone. The tail lights I do expect as GM is moving to this type lens. Even the new Vette will be closer to these but in body.
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That sounds even worse.
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It doesn't make a lot of sense to use the LSA at this point in time. The Gen V engines will be introduced at that point on the C7 and is pretty much ready for manufacturing. Chances are the SS will use a version of the new Direct Injected small block V8 either in NA trim to the tune of about 470hp or as a supercharged variant with about 600hp. The DI powerplant will see MPG figures better than of 25~26mpg and it may actually cost less over the life cycle of the vehicle as production ramps up for it and the Gen IV lines get progressively phased out.
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It will be a DI engine no matter what in this car. But they have looked at Supercharging and a Turbo in the new Gen V engine. At this point no one outside GM really knows which way they will go. The Shelby and the Viper will not go unchallanged. The one thing that is know we will see the Gen V at some point get into the 700 HP range. It will be expensive and limited but the Vette and Cadillac should see versions of it.
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If this is the 'new GM', we had best not see the same sort of mistakes repeated with this car.
Chevy should NOT be getting a LWB version here.
In a non-Camaro or Corvette, no way should Chevy be building a 600 or 700 hp sedan.
Get it straight, GM, and work these divisions together.


BTW- I find the render a combo of 'quite lumpy' and 'too generic'.
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If this is the 'new GM', we had best not see the same sort of mistakes repeated with this car.
Chevy should NOT be getting a LWB version here.
In a non-Camaro or Corvette, no way should Chevy be building a 600 or 700 hp sedan.
Get it straight, GM, and work these divisions together.


BTW- I find the render a combo of 'quite lumpy' and 'too generic'.

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I like that render less each time I look at it.
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I like that render less each time I look at it.


I think we all got the point before. Might chime in when you ever do find somthing you like. LOL!
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Chevy is not getting a LWB of this unless it is a police unit or Ute.

If they do get a High HP version it would be like a HSV model where they will be few and expensice in a ZL1 kind of way. It would be a non factor to Cadillac. I expect they will have special editions in low numbers to keep it interesting and to compete with Chrysler Charger SRT special editions the only competing car in this class.

With the numbers we are talking here GM only needs to make sure the Chevy dealers don't hijack the prices like Pontiac did on the G8 and damage marketing on this car. Pontiac dealer jacked GM on the GTO and the G8 and did damage. Too many people went to check the cars out could not make a deal and went elsewhere. Once a buyer who is not brand loyal leaves due to a poor price at this market level the odds of them coming back are not good.
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