By Deanna Isaacs
The 2017 Chevrolet SS is the last of its kind. A true-bred sport sedan that’s a blast on the open roads and around the track. However, you’ll have to get it before its gone because 2017 is the last model-year for the Chevrolet SS, according to the manufacturer.
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Chevrolet announced on Jan. 9, 2017 that with the Commodore ending production in Australia, there are no plans for a successor. (Note: The Commodore SS sedan is exported to the U.S. and rebadged as the Chevrolet SS.)
There are functional vents in the hood and aerodynamics-improving vertical ducts to help air flow over the front wheels in the side. It has 19-inch wheels with covered in ultra-high performance Bridgestone rubber, 19×8.5-inch 245/40ZR19 tires up front and 19×9-inch 275/35ZR19 tires in the rear.
The interior is roomy and spacious, easily fitting five full-size adults. There’s soft-touch materials all around with chrome finishing touches and alloy pedal covers. It has dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front seats.
The integrated touchscreen infotainment system is connected to a Bose 220-watt nine-speaker system that includes AM/FM HD Radio, Sirius XM, and the Chevrolet MyLink suite. MyLink offers smartphone connectivity, along with connections to SD cards and MP3 players.
It also includes OnStar 4G LTE internet connectivity with up to 3GB/month data with a six-month trial package included. The connection is quick to connect to and speedy when loading pages. Even GPS navigation is standard.
Under the hood of the Chevrolet SS is a 6.2L LS3 small-block V8 engine pumping out 415 HP and 415 foot-pounds of torque. It comes with a six-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80 automatic or a driving pleasure TREMEC TR6060 six-speed manual transmission (go for the manual). With the automatic transmission, acceleration from zero to sixty is around 5 seconds.
The dual-tip exhaust throws out throaty notes that make your skin crawl in the best way possible, though it’s the brakes that will tear your face off. These massive four-piston ventilated Brembos front and rear will stop the SS with prompt efficiency.
To make the ride comfortable, Chevrolet has given the SS a performance-oriented Magnetic Ride Control damping system. It also has a MacPherson strut system up front and a multi-link independent suspension in the rear.
Safety systems include eight airbags, rear cross-traffic alerts, a rearview camera, side blind zone alerts, a lane departure warning system, and forward collision alert. It keeps tabs on all this via radar sensors or camera systems that help drivers stay aware of their surroundings.
The SS sedan also has automatic parking assist for hands-free parking as standard, so parking is always a breeze. The driver controls throttle, transmission and brake, but the SS sedan will complete the steering inputs.
Taking the SS Sedan onto Mazda Raceways Laguna Seca for a few hot laps is unbelievably fun, the throaty engine noises making you laugh with glee all the way through the corkscrew. The MagneRide suspension keeps it firm for track fun, but a gliding breeze on the backroads.
The Chevrolet SS has an MSRP of $47,570 (not including taxes and fees), but a quick search of car dealership websites puts their price in the $60,000 range. With 2017 being the last year Chevrolet will make this executive sedan, if you ever wanted one, now’s the time to pull the trigger.
Deanna Isaacs lives near Seattle and writes about cars for various outlets, including The Auto Reporter. She served in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Washington, where she decided to go into automotive journalism.