The Chevrolet SS is unique in the GM lineup. A rear-wheel-drive sports sedan isn't found elsewhere without upgrading to something in the more up-market Cadillacs.
Standard features on the Chevrolet SS include a 6.2L V8 engine. It makes 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic with TAPshift manual override, while a 6-speed manual is available. Push-button start, a limited-slip differential, sport suspension with Magnetic Ride Control and 4-wheel Brembo disc brakes are standard.
The headlamps are HID with automatic dimming, and the wipers are rain-sensing. Navigation comes included with the audio system and is operated through a large 8-inch touchscreen display. SiriusXM satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth and nine Bose speakers also come with the audio system. Included with the new OnStar 4G LTE system is Wi-Fi hotspot capability.
Leather-trimmed seats are standard. Those seats are heated and ventilated and power-adjustable. An easy-to read heads-up display projects vehicle speed, audio system information, compass and navigation prompts onto the inside of the windshield. Dual-zone climate control and keyless access are also standard.
Safety features include park assist, Blind Zone Alert, Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Air bags include dual-stage front, side-impact, knee and curtain side-impact.
Idling at a red light, the 2017 Chevrolet SS writhes under my seat, the power of its 6.2-liter V8 shimmying this sedan like it wants to tear out of here in a cloud of tire smoke. The average person walking down the street doesn't look twice, however, as the SS is a bonafide sleeper.
When the light turns green, those nearby pedestrians get treated to a deep-throated roar from the exhaust, although I refrain from burning up the tires.
The SS is the kind of car that aficionados love; not flashy but amped up with old school power. Leave the Camaro for the baseball cap and goatee crowd, the SS shows off true muscle car heritage. And not just typical American muscle, as the SS actually comes from our brothers down under, Australia, which boasts a similarly rich history of car enthusiasts.
The Good The 2017 Chevrolet SS improves handling with its adaptive suspension system, its manual transmission shifts smoothly, and it makes a mighty roar with the throttle open.
The Bad Low fuel economy earns the SS the Gas Guzzler tax, and 415 horsepower doesn't give it bragging rights amongst current competition. The previous generation MyLink infotainment system lacks Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The Bottom Line With its old-school power and comfortable driving dynamics, muscle car traditionalists may favor the 2017 Chevrolet SS, but will have to account for dismal fuel economy. Get one fast, as 2017 marks the last production year.
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