I feel like this has been done before. I feel like, sometime in the recent past, GM imported a large Australian car with a V8 under the hood, gave it a new name, and it failed miserably.
In fact, I feel like this happened twice. First with the GTO, and then with the G8. Both fine cars in their own right (the G8 more than the GTO, but still) – but neither found many buyers. The incredibly poorly named SS 1 is just more of the same. Except, it’s more of the same with a worse design. Remember, this is a Corvette-powered monster, and the face looks like it would be more at home on an Impala.
You know what… I don’t even care enough about this car to write about how great the engine is, or how solid the performance will be. The fact is? It doesn’t matter. People who are buying $40,000 400+ horsepower sport sedans want them to look good. The SS doesn’t. Game over, before it even started.
SS is a trim level, not a model name. Seriously, GM. Would you sell a Chevy LS? Yeah, you probably would. ↩