Chevrolet not bringing SS halo sedan to Canada
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Well, that's a bummer.
We spent plenty of time checking out Chevrolet's new SS performance sedan during its coming out party at Daytona International Raceway last weekend. The full-size four-door SS is essentially a cleaned up version of the old Pontiac G8, which of course was an Australian Holden Commodore. The SS - and yes, that's its name, not Beaumont or Chevelle - is essentially Chevrolet's take on the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, meaning it's got a big V8, is rear-wheel drive and pretty large.
The 6.2-litre V8 produces 415 horsepower and an equal amount of torque and is backed up by a six-speed automatic transmission. The SS has big Brembo brakes and near-perfect weight distribution, which is impressive for a vehicle this large. Chevrolet figures it'll do the 0-100 km/h run in five-ish seconds.
Sure, the exterior styling looks like you'd lose it in a rental-car pickup lot, but some of its potential buyers probably appreciate a modern-day sleeper. Chevrolet is only building - well, importing them from Australia, really - 5,000 of them, and at a price of around $28,000 (according to Automotive News).
But - and this is a big 'but' - don't expect any of those 5,000 cars to be sold in Canada. Fellow MSN-er Michael Bettencourt broke the bad news in The Globe and Mail, saying that GM Canada spokesman George Saratlic confirmed the rumours.
Considering how much I enjoyed driving the G8 when it was around, I'm pretty disappointed, but given how few G8s were ever sold in Canada, I understand where GM Canada is coming from.
Would the new SS interest you? Or do you think Dodge and Chrysler already have that portion of the market covered perfectly fine? Let us know.