2016 Chevrolet SS updated
The born-to-be-bad Chevy SS gets its first update this fall with the rear-drive 4-door gaining a aggressive front-end that also yields functional benefits. Its recast nose has new vertical slots on its outboard edges -- the Bow Tie equivalent of air curtains -- that channel flow over the front wheel openings to enhance aero efficiency while cooling is improved by new functional hood vents. The SS remix also brings new signature LED lighting as well restyled 19-inch cast-aluminum wheels.
No changes have been made to the 6.2-liter V8 that motivates the SS, which continues to crank out 415 horses and 415 lb-ft of torque shipped to the aft axle via a 6-speed manual transmission or a paddle-shift 6-speed automatic. However, the 2016-spec version of the LS3 is fitted with a new dual-mode exhaust system that's now quieter at low revs but produces a throatier roar during full-throttle acceleration.
With its performance-tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension and Brembo rear brakes also carrying over intact, the 2016 Chevrolet SS remains an interesting alternative for Chevy enthusiasts who harbor fond memories of classic muscle cars. Although we're still waiting word on the fate of a next-gen successor, it's clear there's still at least one more season of fast-lane fun left in the Chevy SS.
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