The 2008–2009 Pontiac G8 GXP remains one of my favorite American cars ever built.
Of course, we all know that once General Motors finally hit a home run with the Pontiac brand, it promptly pushed the self-destruct button, and Pontiac exploded into oblivion. Built with some of the best pieces in the GM parts bin, the G8 GXP had the Corvette‘s 6.2-liter, 402-horsepower LS3 V8 under the hood and none of the plastic body cladding glued on to nearly all other Pontiacs in modern history.
Not like we need another high-powered V8 vehicle roaring over American roads, but one like the G8 would be most welcome.
Enter the 2014 Chevrolet SS.
A new V8-powered sedan isn’t likely to help reach the Obama administration’s fuel economy standard of 54.5 mpg, but that doesn’t take effect until 2025, so we still have some time to enjoy cars powered by old-school fuel-drinking V8 engines. Like it or not, those types of cars are one thing GM really excels at building. A RWD 400+-hp V8 sedan sounds right up Chevy’s alley.
Like the G8 before it and several Holden products, the SS will sit on the short-wheelbase version of GM’s Zeta platform (the Caprice cop car uses a very long wheelbase). The new Chevy basically will be a Pontiac G8 underneath, and the roofline, doors, and glass match the defunct Pontiac as well, however, the SS will get bow-tie–specific styling at the front and rear.
So basically, this is a real easy car for GM to develop, because it already exists. All it has to do is put the pieces together and create a front and rear end (which will surely be modeled after the Malibu‘s), then attach it to the G8 pieces in the middle with the Holden/Pontiac/Caprice bits underneath. Even all Frankensteined together, the SS should be an incredible car. Yes, it’s predictable and unnecessary and the kind of car that doesn’t have a promising future, but for right now it should be some serious fire-breathing fun.
Expect the Chevrolet SS to debut as a 2014 model in the United States.
Yes or no: Could there be a new Chevy SS in your garage?