2009 Chevrolet Impala SS, or Not: Emerging Market Muscle?

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Michigan plates, rear-wheel drive, 6.2-liter LS3 V8 under the hood — one would hope — and double esses across its hind quarters. We'd be tempted to think it's Chevrolet's version of the Pontiac G8 and Holden VE Commodore. But soon-to-be car site Motive — partially constructed by one who brought you the sadly defunct MPH — says it's more likely an Omega SS for the Brazilian market or a Lumina SS for the Middle-Eastern market. Plus, it's got the Holden "VE" badging, which makes us doubt our distaste for kangaroo sausage. [via My.IS]

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What's with some of you yanks? Some of your ideas of style is completely absurd. It's like some of you actually want tacked on... flares, wings, side skirts, fake bonnet scoops, racing stripes etc. You think it's too bland?... News Flash!!!THIS CAR WAS NOT STYLED FOR AMERICANS. I don't see any Euros or Aussies driving Pontiac Aztec.

What's with your 'new' muscle cars? Run out of ideas huh?

I don't seem to remember Lee Iacocca in the early 60's looking back 40 years for inspiration on his Mustang prototype. Or John De Lorean basing his GTO on anything other than a 4 door variant of the coupe (Pontiac Tempest), just like the 21st century GTO (Holden Commodore).

Where's the passion gone big three?

I think these modern day interpretations have lost a bit of the spirit of what muscle cars are about.

The closest we have to real muscle cars are found on Australian shores (and soon USA's). Aussies had a muscle car era not unlike America's.