The Americans have taken a liking to our Holden Commodore SS sedan, and now they have even more reason to get on board.
Despite a strong preference in the US market for automatic transmissions, fans of the Chevrolet SS were crying out for the manual version available to Australian customers to be brought to The States.
And now they have their wish, with an updated Chevrolet dealer options list doing the internet rounds overnight, before Chev later confirmed the manual’s availability.
The manual SS will feature the same six-speed unit fitted to the VF Commodore, while the differential ratio changes from 3.27 in the automatic to 3.70.
Chevrolet has also added magnetic suspension to the SS for the 2015 model year, as fitted to some Corvette and Camaro models in the carmaker’s line-up of horsepower heroes. (It's also offered in HSV models here, but not the regular SS.)
Called ‘Magnetic Selective Ride Control’, the new set-up (which will be standard fitment) allows a driver to change from soft to hard suspension settings while on the move.
As a final sweetener, Chev has doubled the list of paint finishes for the SS with new shades of green, blue, purple and red now available.
Chevrolet has confirmed the manual transmission will oddly come with a higher price, but didn’t mention if the other improvements (including 4G internet connectivity) will push up the price of the ‘base’ model automatic as well.
Power for the 2015 model will still come from the current 6.2 litre petrol V8. The updated model is expected to hit the US market next month.