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If you’re plugged into the aftermarket automotive scene, especially if you live in the south, you’re probably familiar with, or have at least heard of Southrnfresh. Southrnfresh is an online publication founded by Atlanta native Joseph Dale that highlights southern cars and their owners. The car-specific media site has attracted an immense following on social media with nearly 1.5 million followers on Facebook and Instagram. But you may be thinking to yourself, “Wait, Southrnfresh features mostly lowered imports, why is The BLOCK writing about them?”

Great question, and that’s where the plot thickens. Granted, V8 hotrods are few and far between on Southrnfresh, the fact remains that Joseph and his team have cultivated a large, yet grassroots following thanks to their efforts covering the southern automotive scene. Because of their efforts, we too have been following along.

Recently, something Joseph posted on social media grabbed our attention. He made a post about the LS3-powered Chevy SS and how much he loved them - he even wrote about wanting to buy one. That stopped us in our tracks. Joseph is a guy who’s been driving customized Japanese cars since we’ve known him - and he wants a Chevy SS? So, we had to talk to him about the car and why he wants to stray away from his import heritage for a V8 sedan.

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Coincidentally, we already had a Chevy SS test drive scheduled with City Chevrolet to review the car since they’ll no longer be available after the 2017 model. Our goal was to put a nice article together as a homage to our favorite civilized muscle car, but after we found out that one of the import community’s most prominent members was eyeballing them, we thought no better way to send off the Chevy SS than to interview Joseph about why we all love it so much.

The BLOCK:

Japanese cars are your bread and butter, why then are you so impressed with the Chevy SS?

Joseph:

Back when I used to dig up old photos and articles from overseas for Southrnfresh, I would often end up in Australia. I always thought they had the best of everything. They have all Japanese cars, most of our American cars and they have a great V8 culture. At one point, the big V8 sedan was a must in the states. But, over the years, that culture left us and could only be found down under. The Holden vehicles were always everything that we needed and the G8 brought us hope that the big V8 sedan trend would catch back on.

Finally, once I saw the SS, I knew it was special. It has a subtle look overall, but an aggressive stature when I saw it in person. The idea behind the SS is just something that everyone loves. As I get older and my family continues growing, the SS just makes sense. It’s powerful, comfortable and unique. Japanese cars get in your soul because of the mentality. They’re always the underdog, but are truly capable of anything you throw at them. To me, the SS had the same appeal.

The BLOCK:

What was your first impression with the car? Literally, right after you cranked it up and pulled out?

Joseph:

Immediately, I heard the starter turn and the rumble of the LS3 taking its first breath. As the seat shook slightly from the exhaust, I thought, “This Is what dreams are made of.” I was torn between smashing the pedal to the floor and wanting to find a long road to enjoy a cruise.   

The BLOCK:

What did you think about the power?

Joseph:

The power is absolutely perfect. It’s there when you want it and tame when you don’t need it.  The LS3 is more than enough to push the SS around town and if you need to get up and out, it is always ready.  

The BLOCK:

What were your thoughts on the transmission?

Joseph:

We drove the automatic and it was well-matched with the engine. It felt great and the paddle shifters made spirited driving a blast.  

The BLOCK:

How did you feel about the interior?

Joseph:

One of the best things about the SS is that it pretty much comes fully loaded with navigation, available 4G LTE Wi-Fi and leather-appointed heated and ventilated power seats, etc. It’s a dream to have all these options available in a vehicle as powerful as the SS. I couldn’t believe all the amenities it has.

The BLOCK:

What did you think about the sound of the car?

Joseph:

The sound that the V8 makes is music to my ears. Driving through the city with the light rumble made me feel like the king of the road.  

The BLOCK:

Tell us about the ride, was it luxurious? Sporty? Or both?

Joseph:

Both. The magnetic suspension does what it’s supposed to do. The car transforms into a track-minded sedan when pushed, but it can also be a tame daily driver that gets the family from point A to point B, in comfort.

The BLOCK:

What was your general sensation while driving the car?

Joseph:

I felt almost like a superhero (laughs). But, there is something about an LS before me that makes me feel like a rockstar. No matter who you are, you know the growl of a V8 and it just commands respect.  

The BLOCK:

What was your overall impression of the car?

Joseph:

I absolutely love it. It ecompasses everything that I look for in a vehicle at this point in my life.  When I was younger, I couldn’t imagine owning a car like this. But, the SS takes the good pieces of everything that we love, and puts into one sedan - comfort and performance.

The BLOCK:

The SS sedan starts at an MSRP of $46,625. Think about other cars in that price segment. How does this car differ from the competitors?

Joseph:

The car is a steal in my opinion. The performance numbers alone put it ahead of its competitors considering the available options, performance and resulting value. There is no other car on the market that gives you so much in that price point.

The BLOCK:

So, why did you pick this car?

Joseph:

The SS sticks to a classic formula and it reminds us of the cars that our fathers and uncles had - a large sedan with a big engine. Those cars back in the day made a lot of noise and were always there to do whatever it needed to. They were built to enjoy, but they were functional.

Nowadays, a lot of cars start as a special car for the driver, but get diluted as soon as they’re sold to the masses. I feel like that didn’t happen to the SS. It is what it was created to be when the designers were dreaming it up. It’s a comfortable sedan that has plenty of power when I want it, just like my dad’s old muscle cars.

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Power, comfort, sportiness and a plethora of standard amenities. Sound too good to be true? Read more about the Chevrolet SS on their site here. Build and price your 2017 Chevrolet SS sedan here.

If you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, but you’re still looking for the performance of the Chevy SS in your project, the Chevrolet Performance LS3 crate engine might just be the perfect fit for your ride. With 430 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of torque, the LS3 is Chevrolet Performance’s top selling LS engine, and it could be powering your car or truck. See more about the engine here and check out the video below to learn more.

If you want to keep up with Joseph and his crew at Southrnfresh, hop over to their site, Facebook or Instagram. The next car show Southrnfresh is hosting will be Southrnfresh 6 on October 14.  If you’re in the area, you should check out the show to meet Joseph and see a slew of local and national cars making the trip.

Stay tuned to The BLOCK for more news and coverage surrounding all things Chevrolet Performance Vehicles, Parts and Racing, and be sure to join us on Instagram by following @theblockdotcom.

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