Farewell, Dear Chevy SS, You Nuked Tires So Well

With today’s news that the Chevrolet SS is laying down its final set of elevenses into the sunset after this year, we felt it appropriate to celebrate the true life and times of the Chevrolet SS—in tire smoke.


The Holden-based Chevrolet SS was one of the most nondescript hoonmobiles on the planet, looking less like a muscle car, and more like a rental. It was the stealth Aussie LS-powered burnout machine many of us dreamed of, but precious few felt like dropping $46,000 on to drive off the lot.

Those who did were rewarded—once they held down the traction control “off” button for long enough—with the ability to disappear in a cloud of smoke and noise. Let’s savor some lovely Chevy SS burnouts, donuts and hoonage.

For some, the Chevrolet SS’ capacity for tire destruction was even a selling point. I concur with the camerawoman here—these are pretty!

Go towards the light, noble Chevy SS. You may not be missed by the masses here in America, but you’ll be missed by lovers of crazy fast rear-wheel-drive sedans everywhere.



A few months ago I was looking at various vehicles to replace my 2013 Audi S5 whose lease was up at the end of November. While the SS was not my first choice as a replacement vehicle, I did like the idea of it and plus it would be cool to badge it as a Holden. In looking at the Chevy website to ‘find’ a manual one in my area to maybe test drive, the search cam back with zero cars. OK....I get it, no one has manual anything on the lot these days so I checked for any SS’s in the NY Metropolitan area and....zero results again. Maybe it’s dead because they brought like three of them over and had an advertising budget of $100....enough to buy decals for the front of the NASCAR COT clones.