The supercharged SS could boast 580 horses.
Chevrolet could send off the SS by building a faster, more hardcore version of it equipped with a supercharger.
Power for the special SS will come from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, according to website GM Authority. The same mill is also found under the hood of the El Camino-esque Vauxhall Maloo that's sold in England, and it powered the last-generation of the Camaro ZL1.
The eight-cylinder's output could be bumped up to 580 horsepower with a few minor tweaks, a generous increase over the standard SS' 415-horse rating. Rear-wheel drive will of course come standard, but transmission options remain unconfirmed. Regardless, a supercharged SS will comfortably hit 60 mph from a stop in under five seconds.
Where the supercharged SS will slot in the Chevrolet lineup is an enigma. It could be sold alongside the naturally-aspirated model, it could replace it altogether, or the Bowtie could choose to only supercharge the last few units it builds.
Chevrolet hasn't commented on the report. We won't have to wait long to find out whether or not it's accurate, because we hear that the 2017 model year will be the current SS' last on the market. Production of the Holden Commodore, the sedan that the SS is based upon, is set to end when General Motors shutters its Australian division in 2017. Its replacement will be imported from abroad, and it will most likely ride on a front-wheel drive architecture.