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General Motors Cuts More High-Performance Models

Impala SS and others scheduled for termination this year

 |  May 11 2009, 12:24 PM

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Late last week we reported that GM was ceasing production of the Cobalt SS Sedan and now the automaker has confirmed several other performance models will get the axe.

That’s right, the latest vehicles to face the guillotine in this French Revolution-style automotive bloodbath are three (or four depending on how you look at it) high-performance models: the Cadillac STS-V, the Chevrolet Impala SS and the Pontiac G6 GXP (Coupe and Sedan).

With the deletion of the Pontiac brand, we’re not even sure why GM is mentioning the high-performance GXP models. As for the Impala SS, this latest 8th generation model might not be all that captivating, even though a 303hp 5.3-liter V8 allows the car to hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, but the Impala SS name is an American Icon. The same can’t really be said for the STS-V, despite it’s supercharged V8, which boasts 469hp.

We could say its a conspiracy by the Democrats to get rid of high performance cars and replace them with green machines, (and while that could still be true) the low volume sales of these models are a convincing argument.

For GM loyalists, the news might get worse still. When asked about the future of the Cobalt SS Coupe, Chevy spokesman Terry Rhadigan would only say that it would continue for, “a while longer.”

Bankruptcy or not, when the recession is over and people start looking for high-performance vehicles again, GM is not going to be an appealing option.

[Source Automotive News via WorldCarFans]

 |  May 07 2009, 4:50 PM

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Thanks to a little investigative journalism, the folks over at Autoblog have uncovered that General Motors will cut the Cobalt SS Sedan from its product lineup for 2010. A sad day indeed.

The discovery came about due to GM hosting its Order and Reference Guides online. Look for the Cobalt and noticeably absent is the SS Sedan. Chevy will, however, continue to bring seven Cobalt models to market including the Base Coupe, LS Coupe, LT Coupe, Base Sedan, LS Sedan and LT Sedan. Oh… and don’t get too worried… the SS Coupe has been spared the axe.

Still, we’ll miss the 260hp turbocharged four-cylinder that delivered high performance at a bargain-basement price for those whose lives demand more than two doors.

[Source Autoblog]