You'll still be able to get a Cobalt SS as a coupe, but the Impala SS is dead... for the second time. When GM said they were putting their performance divisions on indefinite hold we knew to expect no new performance vehicles, but we kind of expected them to keep existing vehicles around. Guess not.
Are we disappointed? Given how much damage the small block V8 + FWD Impala SS does to the once-loved nameplate we're not sure there's going to be extensive negative fallout from the decision. There's probably more potential for enthusiast negative reaction from killing the Cobalt Sedan, but that's muted by retention of the coupe.
Frankly, the Impala SS — and really the Impala itself in any trim level — represents product inconsistent with where the brand's hoping to go and it's probably better to cut off what doesn't work in favor of saving SS versions of cars buyers actually want. However, we're hoping this leaves open the potential for a G8-based Impala and Impala SS. [GM Product Page via GM Inside News]