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Old 11-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #51
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Here's what I would like to see; (limited to V8/RWD of course)
- SS Camaro
- SS Impala (the Imp. and Monte are supposed to both received a new V8/RWD platform)
- SS Monte Carlo
- SS Silverado
(and maybe an SS Corvette)

Limit the 'SS' badge. Putting it on too many models weakens the image IMO.
That's called "limiting" to you? Wow, you're a model for restraint!
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:33 AM   #52
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Ummm, how old is this? It talks about Pontiac?
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:35 AM   #53
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Oh I know why they call stuff that but to someone uniitiated it looks confusing.

Thing is that they could have solved things way more cleanly.

M550d ? Call it M5d simply, why mix it up with numbers? That's what's confusing.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:42 AM   #54
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Oh I know why they call stuff that but to someone uniitiated it looks confusing.

Thing is that they could have solved things way more cleanly.

M550d ? Call it M5d simply, why mix it up with numbers? That's what's confusing.
But that's not a popular model...... benz popular models have much worse codes that do not signify the car trim clearly, then you got the C63 CL65 SLK55 amg crap up top

M550d is just one model, it's like the ZL1 camaro, except the code actually mean something instead of just a reminiscent of the past
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:45 AM   #55
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I'm with you on the "M" being all over the place. BMW is worst with its prolific use of M than Chevy with "SS", but that isn't saying much. The problem is that Chevy makes dirt cheap common cars like the Cobalt and Malibu and sticks "SS" on them.

Every time I see a "Cobalt SS" I just shake my head. Maybe they do have something under the hood, but every one of them just look like base models that someone just stuck a badge on. They're just very uninteresting cars.

A "performance oriented" model has to also LOOK and SOUND hot. I'm not against any model having a performance badge so long as it looks the part, which the Malibu/Cobalt etc. do not. Oh yeah, and FWD is also a no-no for a performance badge.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:48 AM   #56
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I'm with you on the "M" being all over the place. BMW is worst with its prolific use of M than Chevy with "SS", but that isn't saying much. The problem is that Chevy makes dirt cheap common cars like the Cobalt and Malibu and sticks "SS" on them.

Every time I see a "Cobalt SS" I just shake my head. Maybe they do have something under the hood, but every one of them just look like base models that someone just stuck a badge on. They're just very uninteresting cars.

A "performance oriented" model has to also LOOK and SOUND hot. I'm not against any model having a performance badge so long as it looks the part, which the Malibu/Cobalt etc. do not. Oh yeah, and FWD is also a no-no for a performance badge.
I agree. SS currently means "the hottest version of this car" but, why stick it on totally lame models? Why? If a maker (Like SAAB) specialize in only FWD cars, they can stick their "top" badge on whatever top model they have, 9-3 Aero, 9-5 Aero cause they don't have anything hotter, but a company that makes such diverse cars as GM with just one brand shouldn't stick a moniker like SS on some platforms ... In my opinion ..

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Old 11-28-2012, 11:51 AM   #57
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This thread is from 2006, bringing it back is just going to confuse people. As it already has because no one pays any attention to dates, or the fact that Pontiac is mentioned in the article.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:00 PM   #58
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I'm with you on the "M" being all over the place. BMW is worst with its prolific use of M than Chevy with "SS", but that isn't saying much. The problem is that Chevy makes dirt cheap common cars like the Cobalt and Malibu and sticks "SS" on them.

Every time I see a "Cobalt SS" I just shake my head. Maybe they do have something under the hood, but every one of them just look like base models that someone just stuck a badge on. They're just very uninteresting cars.

A "performance oriented" model has to also LOOK and SOUND hot. I'm not against any model having a performance badge so long as it looks the part, which the Malibu/Cobalt etc. do not. Oh yeah, and FWD is also a no-no for a performance badge.
Cobalt SS's are actually bada$$ little cars. Older models=supercharged. Newer models=Turbo'd. You could also get warrantied "Stage" work done on them from GM (close to 275 HP warrantied ponies). They also looked quite different from the standard Cobalt. High spoiler, huge/sporty wheels, boost gauge, different chin spoiler, the interior was done in two-tone stitched leather to match the exterior and the things flat out ran! Drive one some time, it's fun! Stripes, wheels, chrome tips, etc. has NOTHING to do with performance. "SS" means performance, not looks! Anything can look fast.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:03 PM   #59
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I'm with you on the "M" being all over the place. BMW is worst with its prolific use of M than Chevy with "SS", but that isn't saying much. The problem is that Chevy makes dirt cheap common cars like the Cobalt and Malibu and sticks "SS" on them.

Every time I see a "Cobalt SS" I just shake my head. Maybe they do have something under the hood, but every one of them just look like base models that someone just stuck a badge on. They're just very uninteresting cars.

A "performance oriented" model has to also LOOK and SOUND hot. I'm not against any model having a performance badge so long as it looks the part, which the Malibu/Cobalt etc. do not. Oh yeah, and FWD is also a no-no for a performance badge.
Yea, M/ AMG/ RS badges are allowed on many cars, but none of those are common on the road where SS can be seen everyday.

Or they could make the SS/Z models look more distinguished like the M3 compared to a standard 3
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:23 PM   #60
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Cobalt SS's are actually bada$$ little cars. Older models=supercharged. Newer models=Turbo'd. You could also get warrantied "Stage" work done on them from GM (close to 275 HP warrantied ponies). They also looked quite different from the standard Cobalt. High spoiler, huge/sporty wheels, boost gauge, different chin spoiler, the interior was done in two-tone stitched leather to match the exterior and the things flat out ran! Drive one some time, it's fun! Stripes, wheels, chrome tips, etc. has NOTHING to do with performance. "SS" means performance, not looks! Anything can look fast.
The Cobalt mods look ricer to my eye. The SS Cobalt may look different, but they don't look hot. I don't think anything can be done to a Cobalt to make it look "hot".

Once you reach a certain income level, I think it's impossible to actually want a Cobalt in any form; on the other hand, very wealthy people can still desire a Camaro - and that's the litmus test for allowing an "SS" type badge IMO.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:27 PM   #61
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The Cobalt mods look ricer to my eye. The SS Cobalt may look different, but they don't look hot. I don't think anything can be done to a Cobalt to make it look "hot".

Once you reach a certain income level, I think it's impossible to actually want a Cobalt in any form; on the other hand, very wealthy people can still desire a Camaro - and that's the litmus test for allowing an "SS" type badge IMO.
I would rock this all day long as my DD. It's all in what you like. Bottom line: It has performance, not just some stripes and an exhaust tip like other lame "SS" badged cars.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:17 PM   #62
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IMO, the only two cars that should ever have received the SS nameplate are the Camaro and the Chevelle. Thank God they are going to cut their crap out. I was really getting sick of seeing "SS" on Cobalts, Impalas, Malibus, Silverados, etc, etc. Save it for the race cars, damnit! That's just the way I see it. Good call, GM.
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I would rock this all day long as my DD. It's all in what you like. Bottom line: It has performance, not just some stripes and an exhaust tip like other lame "SS" badged cars.
That car may be quick but it looks like it should be badged Si instead of SS
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That car may be quick but it looks like it should be badged Si instead of SS
Again...it's all in what you like. If everybody liked the same things, there would be one car brand, one model, one color, one transmission option, etc., etc., etc..
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:13 PM   #65
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Again...it's all in what you like. If everybody liked the same things, there would be one car brand, one model, one color, one transmission option, etc., etc., etc..
Oh sorry I thought I was stating a fact
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Glad to hear this... I think they should refine the SS badge to its original carriers, like the days of old. Camaro, Chevelle, Nova, etc. 2-doors only. And nothing that doesn't at least carry an optional V8.
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Too bad the SS name is going to be a "name" on a upcoming car . . not a sub label . . or trim package . .

Dumb to me.

I loved my HHR SS . . deserved the name.
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Yeah but they're doing the same as Nissan with the (Skyline) GT-R.

But then, they don't call anything else GT-R so it's different really.

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from 2006 to now... here's your SS.

Road & Track says (and I quote)
' For all intents and purposes, the Chevrolet SS is a Camaro with an extra set of doors."
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from 2006 to now... here's your SS.

Road & Track says (and I quote)
' For all intents and purposes, the Chevrolet SS is a Camaro with an extra set of doors."
WOW thats a

That may be a sweet grocery getter but not what I envision when I hear SS
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from 2006 to now... here's your SS.

Road & Track says (and I quote)
' For all intents and purposes, the Chevrolet SS is a Camaro with an extra set of doors."
That should be a Buick......
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That should be a Buick......
Or a Pontiac.
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The race car i.e. NASCAR Sprint Cup version may be unveiled by Chevy later today. The road car SS in January. We'll all just have to wait and see...
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Glad to hear this... I think they should refine the SS badge to its original carriers, like the days of old. Camaro, Chevelle, Nova, etc. 2-doors only. And nothing that doesn't at least carry an optional V8.
The original Chev SS was a '61 Impala- Big block V8 only. In no time at all you could get an Impala SS in a 6 cyl as it became a trim level, not a performance option. Confusion right from the start.
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Hi guys, this is only my second post, but as an older muscle car guy I agree. My SS deserves the badge, it was just another ploy to badge SS to win over all types of comsumers. Cheers all
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