The rebadged Holden Commodore in the guise of the 2016 Chevrolet SS in the US has just got several exterior enhancements and a new dual-mode exhaust system for a greater driving experience.

It has a revised front façade with new vertical ducts on the outer edges that direct airflow over the front wheel openings to enhance aerodynamic efficiency. Revised LED signature lighting, functional hood vents and 19-inch cast aluminium wheels give a more robust appearance. At the rear, it has a tapered, tear-drop shape that also enhances aerodynamic performance.

“The 2016 SS design changes more fully express the true driving character of the sedan while further enhancing the car’s overall performance,” said Todd Christensen, Chevrolet Performance Car’s marketing manager.

Under the hood is a LS3 6.2 litre V8 that churns out 415 hp and 563 Nm, and one can choose from either a six-speed manual transmission or a paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission.

The new, dual-mode exhaust system for 2016 complements the V8 engine with a quieter note at low engine speeds and can switch to a more aggressive presence for wide-open throttle moments.

As we reported earlier, the Holden Commodore VFII series will be the last of the Australian-built Commodores after 37 years; and it is rumoured that the SS in the US may only be around for the next two years, with Holden reportedly ceasing production of the Commodores by 2017.

The 2016 Chevrolet SS

The Holden Commodore VFII Series