Sold in the US as the Chevrolet SS, the Commodore was fitted with Hennessey’s HPE600 Supercharger upgrade kit before taking to a closed section of highway for a filmed top-speed run. At the same time, while testing a new TxTag electronic tolling system.
The video shows the Commodore with automatic transmission hitting its 260km/h (163 MPH) electronically-controlled speed limit in fifth gear, sailing past a police radar which confirms the claimed speed.
The footage also shows that it takes just 28 seconds for the SS to reach its 260km/h limit from rest, suggesting that the performance-tuned Commodore could potentially travel much faster without the electronic speed-limiter.
The Chevrolet SS has received a positive welcome in the US, with at least one early review describing it as the “half-price BMW M5”.
A Chevrolet SS Jeff Gordon concept appearing at the SEMA Show in November last year was also well received. Strange indeed that the car that is to be scrapped in Australia, may become something of a cult classic in the US.
We live in ironic times.