Chevy’s Forthcoming SS Is a Thirsty Beast
Aside from the completely redesigned Corvette Stingray that was launched earlier this year, what is perhaps General Motors Co.’s (NYSE:GM) — Chevrolet’s, at least — second most anticipated release of the year should be showrooms in just a couple of weeks: the new (to America), rear-wheel drive Chevy SS.
Other than the obvious styling differences — and, you know, the fact that the SS sits in an entirely different class than the Corvette — there’s one other major difference between the cars that’s a tad more surprising: fuel economy.
Both are powered by sizable V8 engines (GM’s LS3, 6.2-liter V8 in the SS; the LT1 V8 in the Corvette, of the same displacement), and since the Corvette is in many ways the more dedicated performance car, one would expect the fuel economy to be worse. But that person would be wrong.
The SS will be sold wearing a sticker that says it achieves a combined rating of 17 miles per gallon, made up of 14 miles per gallon in the city and 21 on the highway. Not too long ago, the Corvette made headlines when it was revealed that, through clever use of cylinder deactivation, the sports car could nail almost 30 miles per gallon on the highway; in the city, it manages around 17.