ZL1-Engined Chevrolet SS – Should It Happen?
A new report suggests that a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1-powered Holden VF Commodore is coming to dealers. Dubbed the HSV GTS “Gen F,” the super sedan will be powered by the ZL1’s LSA V-8 engine, making it the most powerful car built in Australia, according to Carsguide. Should Chevrolet consider a supercharged SS sedan for the U.S.?
With the SS sedan (and current Camaro) based on the same architecture, a high-performance rear-drive Chevrolet sedan wouldn’t be much of a stretch. Currently, the SS is powered by a 415-hp 6.2-liter V-8. In the Camaro, a supercharged version of that engine produces 556 lb-ft of torque. Carsguide says the HSV GTS sedan will be rated at 577 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque.
While the LSA fits in the same spot as other LS Series engines, HSV upgraded the clutch, transmission, driveshaft, and differential. Other performance enhancing equipment includes increased cooling, electronic torque vectoring, five settings that adjust steering and suspension feel, lightweight six-piston calipers with two-piece rotors, and new Continental tires on 20-inch alloys as well as cosmetic updates.
HSV estimates the GTS will reach 62 mph well under 4.5 seconds and will be governed at 155 mph. In Australia, the GTS is expected to cost about $100,000. Other Commodore models, including the Clubsport, Senator and Grange sedans and the Maloo ute, will be powered by the Corvette-derived 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 with 425, 436, or 456 hp.
Should GM build a super Chevrolet SS sedan with the ZL1’s supercharged V-8 for the U.S.? Share your thoughts below.
By Jason Udy