Get it while you can, because the Chevy SS is going and going fast.
Like the beautiful and amazing GM V8 super sedans before it, the Chevy SS appears to be on the one-way track to discontinued-ville. The previous cars, the Pontiac GTO and Pontiac G8 GXP were ferocious and well-built cars, but didn’t last more than a couple of model years.
Personally, I kick myself, because I had the chance to buy a new GXP just after news of Pontiac’s coming extinction broke. A nearby dealer had one left and contacted me with a heckuva good deal, but I passed. Now, those used GXPs can go for close to 40 grand because there are so few on the market.
There are only 6 in CarGurus’ used listings as of this writing, and 3 them are flagged as overpriced. And they’ll probably sell.
The same thing could happen to the Chevy SS.
The Chevy SS is new to the market for this year. While the styling is severely understated and easily confused for a run-of-the-mill Malibu, the SS is Chevy’s flagship sedan. Its 6.2-liter V8 sends 415 hp to the rear wheels, and a 6-speed manual is available in addition to the 6-speed automatic. Brembo brakes are in place to make sure the SS stops as quickly as it goes, and magnetic ride control is standard to provide handing that will challenge that of any BMW. Oh, and going from zero to 60 happens in just 4.5 seconds.
And yet the SS may fade away as quickly as it arrived.
Chevrolet’s SS muscle sedan was only introduced for 2014 but production of the car will last just until the end of calendar year 2017—at the latest—since the only place in the world where it’s produced, Holden’s plant in Australia, has been confirmed to shut by the same date.
This means that we’ve probably reached the end of the V8 rear-wheel-drive performance sedan. Future iterations of the Chevy Impala may carry an SS badge, but that’ll just be a front-wheel-drive car posing as the real thing.
If you’re looking for a future classic, now might be the time to go invest in a SS. Or better yet, watch the used listings before the car is discontinued and prices start creeping up.
Will you miss the rear-wheel-drive V8 Chevy SS?