It’s the end of an era. In April of this year, Chevrolet stopped production of its classic SS model sedan when the Australian plant that produces them was shuttered, making the 2017 Chevrolet SS the last of its kind.
While some car enthusiasts hope that production will resume in another location, these hopes are at the moment little more than a dream in the minds of fans. As much as we’d love to tell you the SS will resume production soon, this classic car’s days really are numbered for the time being.
The good news, however, is that the 2017 version of this underappreciated gem of a car has everything for which the SS was renowned and gives it as fitting a send off as anyone could hope for. Here’s our Spencer Chevrolet team’s bittersweet review of the 2017 Chevrolet SS.
Why Should You Buy the 2017 Chevrolet SS?
The 2017 Chevrolet SS has everything drivers expect from a 4-door sedan, but it is made from parts you’d expect instead to find in a high-end sports car. This includes a powerful, naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V8 engine (the same one found in the previous generation of Corvette) capable of producing 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.
This comes paired with an adaptive 6-speed transmission (with a choice of automatic or manual) and a chassis that Automobile Magazine calls “eager and willing.”1 It also comes with rear wheel drive, high-performance tires, and Magnetic Ride Control, giving this powerful little car an additional boost in power and control.
In driving tests, the 2017 Chevrolet SS was capable of going zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds, an improvement over last model and an impressive number in its own right. It can also travel a quarter mile in 13.2 seconds at a speed of 108.9 mph and can come to a stop at 60 mph in 108 feet (another improvement over the 2015 version of the SS, which took 100 feet to come to a stop from a starting speed of 60 mph).2
Despite not looking like a vehicle that can comfortably fit lots of people, the 2017 Chevrolet SS is designed for up to five passengers to ride without discomfort. Additionally, it comes with heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, lane departure warning and parallel parking assist, and a MyLink tech interface that comes with a touchscreen control panel, navigation system, and integration with a number of useful apps.
The 2017 Chevrolet SS is everything that made the SS a classic: a lot of power and comfort packed into an unassuming framework. If the SS has to go away, we’re glad that it at least got to take its swan song in such an impressive manner.
If you want to learn more about the 2017 Chevrolet SS or schedule a test drive, contact Community Chevy today at 812-829-4843 to speak with one of our friendly and helpful sales team members.