Does the SS provide a basis for a Camry rival?
Not really, because the SS is a large-size, rear-drive saloon based on the Holden VF Commodore. General Motors' Australian offshoot has been commissioned to make the SS with the Chevy badge for export.
Chevrolet's more proper rival for the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Teana is the mid-size, front-drive Malibu which isn't sold in Thailand, though.
Got it. Will Chevy sell the SS in Thailand?
That remains to be seen, but one GM source told Life that it is possible the SS could be sold in Thailand because the car is eligible for zero import duty (engine size must be bigger than 3,000cc) under a free trade pact Thailand has with Australia.
Remember the Lumina? It once came to Thailand with a huge 3.6-litre V6 engine whose 2 million baht price tag managed to comfortably undercut the V6-powered Accord by a million baht.
The only main internal tax the Lumina faced in Thailand is the 50% rate imposed by the Excise Department on cars with engines over 3,000cc and 220hp.
And what's under the bonnet of the SS?
Here comes the really good bit. The SS is powered by GM's LS3 6.2-litre V8 producing 415hp. And mated to a six-speed automatic, Chevrolet reckons the SS to cover the 0-100kph sprint time within 5sec.
Try imagining this: if the SS could come to Thailand at some 3 million baht _ a third of BMW's equally powerful and fast M3 _ it would definitely be the performance saloon bargain of the decade.
SS gets a 415hp 6.2-litre V8.
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