Is this the end of Chevy SS models?
So GM is shutting down its legendary High Performance Vehicle Operations team. This is the unit of GM responsible for bringing us every SS model ever built, from the ’63 Nova SS to the upcoming ’10 Camaro SS (not to mention the crazy fast Cadillac CTS-V and insanely good Corvette ZR1).
I gotta say, I’m sad about this. I’ve never even owned a high-performance GM car, but I sure like to read about them in the pages of auto mags. The thought of a Chevy with no SS models is like thinking of the NFL without a Super Bowl.
At the very least, we can all take comfort in knowing that the models already designed and in production will still make it to showrooms. That means if you ordered a 2010 Camaro SS, you’ll still get it. And Corvette will still be produced in the future.
Obviously this is a move designed to cut costs and focus on fuel efficiency over performance in an effort to save the company. As an auto blogger, I usually have a very strong opinion on things, but in this case I could go either way:
- It’s about time. This is a move that needs to be done in order to create a leaner company.
- This is outrageous, because the brand’s core customers are the ones who live and breathe American high-performance cars. Reading about a CTS-V outperforming a BMW M3 might make folks who can’t afford the V reconsider the base model.
Instead of taking a side on this issue, I want to open it up to you.
Do you agree with GM’s move to disband the HPVO team? What are some of your favorite GM performance cars?