2015 Chevrolet SS
Not A Malibu
2015 Chevrolet SS
"Not A Malibu" - This is a true sleeper
6.2L LS3 V8 - 6 Speed Manual - 66k Miles - Upgrades: BTR Stage 3 cam, BTR 660 Spring Package, Hardened Push Rods, Kooks Long Tube Headers, Rotofab Cold Air Intake
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Here's a car that is sure to raise a few eyebrows, and confuse other drivers. They may hear the slightly modded V8 engine in traffic, but to pick this car out as the one making the noise is something that many drivers may not be able to do. This is a simple looking Chevrolet sedan that looks (to those who don't know any better) like an Impala that has tinted windows and polished wheels. But alas, this is a slightly modified sedan that has a 6.2 Liter “LS3” engine mated to a 6-speed manual. It is a Holden Commodore, produced in the land down under rebadged as a Chevrolet SS.
Like Americans, the Aussies enjoy V8 engines. Right off the dealership lot they are able to choose from a variety of high performance coupes, sedans, and even “Ute's” which are essentially newer versions of the El Camino. Those cars have extra spoilers, badges, come in bright colors similar to MOPAR's color palette in the late 60's, and have names like “FPV”, “HSV”, or even “Maloo”. This performance sedan which wears the gold “bowtie,” badged as an 'SS' and finished in white is quite toned down compared to what's available down under.
The initial sound on cold start is music to the ears, and once at idle the sound is less pronounced. It really takes a rev in the midrange of RPM's to get that really loud growl that tuned LS engines are known for. This car has been upgraded with a BTR stage 3 camshaft, BTR 660 valve spring kit, hardened push rods, and a RotoFab air intake. Kooks long tube headers help with the amazing sound that this car makes. We've heard the sound of LS engines with a variety of different headers and the difference in tone between them. The sound that this car makes is awesome! Brembo brakes hide behind the polished alloy wheels and help give a bit more stopping power than the average GM sedan brake setup.
GM treated the interior to some nice trim, just so you don't forget that you're in a performance sedan. (We're not sure you could forget with that LS3 under the hood..) Supportive seats with “SS” badging along with “SS” badging on the passenger's side of the dashboard are quickly noticed once in the car. Other features include dual zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, sunroof, XM Radio, backup camera, and park distance sensors.
This is an awesome car that has the heart of a sports car, though it looks very similar to the average sedan. Blame the loud car noises on the 17 year old down the street. That excuse may fool your non-car-enthusiast neighbors for a little while. After that...well, we have no advice for you except to do your best to moderate your use of the gas pedal. Be sure to check out all the photos and video on our main website: Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail with any questions. Thank you for looking.
Cool Hagerty article about the SS: https://www.hagerty.com/media/buying-and-selling/chevy-ss-not-budget-sedan/