Chevrolet SS is a sports Commodore ready to conquer the US … again

For the second time, Holden will export a performance-oriented Commodore to the US, this time under the popular Chevrolet bowtie as the SS Performance sedan.


Under the hood of the federalised, left-hand drive, 50-state compliant Chevy SS is a version of the LS3 “small block” V8 engine that does also duty in the latest generation Corvette. According to Chevrolet, the 6.2-litre V8 will churn out around 309kW of power (415hp) and 563Nm (415lb-ft) of torque when the SS goes on sale later this year.

All that mumbo will go to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission — it seems as though a 6-speed manual won’t be offered in America. This should see the SS sedan complete the 0 to 60mph (96km/h) dash in around 5 seconds.

These are the first hard performance figures given to a VF Commodore-based vehicle. If the specs of the Chevy SS sedan translate to what we’ll see in the VF Commodore SSV, it’ll prove to be significantly more than what’s currently offered in the VE SSV, which has a 6-litre V8 with 270kW of power and 530Nm of torque in manual form, or 260kW and 517Nm in auto guise.

According to Chevy, the SS Performance sedan will feature 19-inch alloy wheels, electric power steering, and standard Brembo brakes with ventilated 355mm rotors up front clamped by 2-piece, 4-piston calipers. The tyres are 245/40ZR19s at the front and 275/35ZR19s at the rear.

Standard tech features will include the MyLink entertainment system with touchscreen display, sat nav, a Bose 9-speaker audio system, colour head-up display, push button start, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, blind-spot warning, reversing camera, and reverse cross traffic alert.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]