Zac Palmer is an editorial intern at Autoweek, an affiliate of Automotive News.
The sleeper sedan Chevrolet SS could be getting a massive power boost in the form of a supercharger.
Rumors out of Australia point toward next year’s SS coming with a 6.2-liter LSA supercharged V-8 engine tuned approximately like earlier Camaro ZL1 and Cadillac CTS-V models.
An LSA would turn the already raucous 415-hp SS into something that could obliterate most other sports sedans in a straight line.
The supercharged LSA delivers 580 hp in the Camaro ZL1 and 556 hp in the older CTS-V, so we’d expect power output to be somewhere in that range.
In terms of acceleration times, 0 to 60 mph will probably come in about 4 seconds with the quarter-mile being knocked out in 12 seconds -- not quite Hellcat numbers, but impressive anyway.
Since the Holden Commodore with which the SS shares most parts dies after the 2017 model year, this could be its last hurrah.
There’s no official word from Chevrolet about the future plans of the SS nameplate, but rumors point to the possibility of a replacement being built off of GM’s Alpha platform, which underpins theCamaro and Cadillac ATS. That would shed a fair amount of weight, but we hope that doesn’t prompt GM engineers to downsize the engine.
An SS we drove here recently impressed us in all the ways a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan is supposed to. The LS3 V-8 didn’t feel slow for a second, but we’ll never complain about being able to give the Camaro SS a run for its money in a four-door.