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2014 Chevrolet SS revealed at Daytona

Rear-wheel, V8 power is back for Chevy sedans.

By AutoWeek Feb 16, 2013 8:23PM

Chevrolet SS sedan©GM




Super Sport. Spiritual Successor. Serious Speed. Whatever SS means to you, it spells performance for Chevrolet -- and after 17 years, a rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan is back in the bowtie brand's lineup.


It's called simply the SS. The sporting machine was unveiled this weekend as part of festivities ahead of the Daytona 500 later this month.


Like the Impala SS of the mid-'90s, the 2014 model adopts its eight-cylinder power from the Corvette. In SS trim, it produces 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque from the 6.2-liter (376 cubic inches) LS3 engine used in the 2013 Corvette. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles and can sprint to 60 mph in five seconds. No manual transmission will be offered. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.


The SS is underpinned by General Motors' global rear-drive chassis. The SS uses a MacPherson strut front and multilink rear suspension geometry. The platform is also used in various forms by the Camaro, Caprice police car and Holden's VF Commodore. The SS will be assembled at a Holden factory in Elizabeth, Australia.


Chevrolet SS © General Motors


The famous SS badge has been worn on a variety of Chevy vehicles since the early 1960s, from sedans to pickups. The Impala, Chevelle, Camaro and Malibu were particularly appropriate canvases, though Novas and TrailBlazers have also used it.


The SS gets wheels that measure 19-by-8.5 inches in front and 19-by-9 inches in rear. The forged aluminum wheels are wrapped in performance Bridgestone tires. The SS has electronic power steering and Brembo brakes.


Chevrolet SS © General Motors


Design wise, the most sporting Chevy sedan is rather understated. It uses an aluminum hood and rear deck in place of steel panels, and the wheels are pushed to the corners. The body is accented with chrome and fronted by high intensity discharge headlights and LED running lamps.


The cabin seats five and is marked by SS badging and ambient lighting. A full-color touchscreen, nine-speaker audio system, push-button start and blind-spot detector are standard equipment. The SS is also the first Chevy with available automatic parking assist.


Chevrolet SS © General Motors


In a statement, GM North America president Mark Reuss said, "The Chevrolet brand was largely built on the strength of rear-drive performance sedans, yet it's been 17 years since we've offered one. The all-new Chevrolet SS fills that void and fills it better than any other vehicle in the brand's rich history."


--Greg Migliore



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Feb 17, 2013 6:21AM

Wow, why isn't it being made in AMERICA. I like GM products but I won't be buying anymore. WE need the jobs also. Not just the company thinking about the bottom line. THINK ABOUT IT.

Feb 17, 2013 8:24AM

give me a break - anyone who knows anything about the SS brand - the Chevelle SS was the car that made the SS brand - the SS 396 was one of the best muscle cars ever produced, and i personally think the 66 and 67 were the best of them all


bring back the Chevelle SS and it would be a best seller in nothing flat if priced right

Feb 17, 2013 4:07PM
I am disappointed it is not being made in the USA.  With the tax payers bailing out GM you would think they would want to reward the people who bailed them out!!?? Buy as American as you possibly can folks!
Feb 16, 2013 9:33PM
Yawn, at least the G8 had a slightly distinctive look. For 40K I'd rather be driving GM's other V8 sedan albeit used (CTS-V) and I could get it with a manual.
Feb 17, 2013 4:31PM

Why can't the car be made in America instead of being imported to America?  There are thousands of unemployed American autoworkers and countless towns with shuttered GM plants and dealerships that would be more than happy to make an American car right here in the USA.


Nice car, but shame on you GM for turning your back on Americans...EXCEPT when it comes to their money.   

Feb 16, 2013 10:31PM
Merlotdrinker - I completely agree. I was going to say ho-hum but yawn says it better. They say in the article that the design is understated, if by understated they mean completely forgettable then I agree. They had a chance to really make a statement here and missed the mark by a mile. The CTS-V is much more of a statement, both in horsepower and style. I am a Chevy guy, have a 65 El Camino in the garage but I won't have a 2014 SS. I was hoping for so much more.
Feb 17, 2013 4:03PM
Meh...needs more aggressive styling.  Where's the team that designed the new Corvette Stingray?
Feb 17, 2013 11:27AM
bail them out , the unions keep their savings and the cars get made out side of the USA  What a deal Mr President
Feb 17, 2013 7:24AM
Looks like all the other Chevy sedans- plain and boring. When did US carmakers decide evey model line should look like each other. No design differentiation. Ford is even worse with that one body style they stretch to fit a wheel base and height requirements.
Feb 17, 2013 7:20AM
I would give the design team a B+ for effort. But you have to admit they had no sport to work with, it had bland styling from the start. Without the kick-**** engine, it would just be another big car. Maybe they should use the Impala name but not the SS. But why use the Corvette engine and V8, I think a DI 3.8 or 4.0 V6 would be better. Less weight, more mpg, for the same or more power. Any hope now would be a cheaper starting price, but looking at the specs, that will not happen.
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