Enthusiast website GM Authority is reporting that the Chevrolet SS Sedan may receive supercharged V-8 power. Despite the potential awesomeness of that, we’re taking this rumor with a big grain of salt.
Citing unnamed sources, the blog suggests that GM is considering putting the LSA supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 in the SS Sedan for its last model year. The LSA is the same engine that powered the last generation Camaro ZL1 and Corvette ZR1, making in excess of 550 horsepower in both applications.
From a technical and logistics perspective, it is certainly possible for Chevrolet to do this. Holden, the maker of the SS Sedan, already uses the LSA in their HSV performance lineup. So, the manufacturing mechanism is in place for this and the engine is obviously already federalized for the United States. Really this will boil down to a financial decision for GM.
It is worth noting that the order guide for the 2017 Chevrolet SS Sedan has already been published by GM and within it there is no indication that the supercharger will be finding its way under the SS hood. Instead, the SS is still “making do” with its 415 horsepower naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter.