If SS costs $44k, then it's on the same level as Charger SRT8. That seems OK. BUT, it means Corvette Stingray is just 7k pricier than this SS saloon. Just 7 thousand of greens! That's insanely amazing! Paying just a bit more you can purchase a legendary supercar coupe, full of modern stuff, over the underpowered saloon. Corvette is simply incomparable to the SS, it is a huuuuuge step over that saloon, but in terms of pricing they're so close. SS just seems as a cheap old Opel next to the Vette! But as a result that 'cheap old Opel' is not that cheap. It cannot cost that money!
And if SS was a true performance saloon... But it is neither fish, nor fowl - neither real performance car, nor super-luxury. It doesn't attract in any way. Chevrolet could have equipped it with LSA, like Australians already did, then that would at least a monster. Chevrolet SS GTS could be a tempting offer.