Where have all the lightweights gone?
sniderjadam09
5/27/20
3:09 PM
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The SS has a really bizarre story. From my understanding, it was only made to satisfy an agreement between GM and the Aussie government. GM promised to export X amount of cars, and they fulfilled it by exporting the SS and Caprice police cars. Read more

5/27/20
3:05 PM
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The used market for these cars is just as crazy as the G8 GXP’s were after GM shuttered Pontiac. Of all the cars you listed, the closest in power will be either the E9x M3/ATS-V, but I’d spring for a good condition 2nd gen CTS-V. Bonus points if you can find a manual for similar/less money than a manual SS.

5/27/20
9:46 AM
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I’ve had quite a few thumbs up from knowledgable car folks, and I’ve had some confused people see the plain sedan with a V8 burble. They light up when I tell them what it is.

5/26/20
4:53 PM
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I live in the Chicagoland area, and I’ve seen quite a few. There’s a local owners club that I’ve met up with a few times at cruise nights/C&C’s a few times, too.

5/26/20
4:03 PM
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When I decide to add power for this, I am leaning toward supercharging it vs twin turbos. The TVR2300 Heartbeat package from Magnuson ticks a lot of boxes, mainly for its heat management and the sweet, sweet whine it produces under load.

5/26/20
4:01 PM
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I obsessed over it for a very long time. I had seen nearly every review, both from the US and Australia, and I was thoroughly looking forward to getting one. After having it for a year, it has 100% lived up to my expectations. I’ve had a blast driving every day, and I’m looking forward to many more with it!