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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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121Comments
Feb 19, 2013 11:17AM
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A dog turd looks like it would be faster than this car! Was it intended to be a sleeper because the body looks like it could have come out a decade ago! Add that to the fact that it is a GM and I would give you no more than $20k for it.
Feb 19, 2013 6:12AM
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It's too bad Chevrolet ruined this car by making the full color touch screen and the automatic transmission mandatory. A true SS rear-wheel drive, V8 powered drivers car should be available to purchase as a stripped-down sleeper with a 6 (or 7!) speed manual transmission and a dash without touch screen gimmicry. Hand-crank windows would be a nice touch as well. 

Plus, it looks too much like a larger version of the early 2000s Malibu to me. I will probably always own Chevrolet products, due to their longevity and ease of maintaining, but they need to remember that not everybody wants a video screen in their car or Mylink or bluetooth connectivity. And automated park assist? Save that for Cadillac buyers.

Feb 18, 2013 9:17PM
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A sports car that is not manual, its not a sports car. The car could also use gauges.
Feb 18, 2013 4:21PM
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this is not right,, australia??? I wont buy it,,, shame on GM !!!
Feb 18, 2013 12:45PM
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Well said Rob...

 

It more likely has nothing to do with jobs and saving labor costs. But the fact that the Holden plant which made the G8 (which this is obviously built off of) already exists. The tooling and equipment to build the car is already there. So it would be finacially irresponsible for them to build it here and even a bigger waste of money to move the assembly line.

But yet  you  people who are driving an import will be more than happy to spout off about something they know nothing about

Feb 18, 2013 10:24AM
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looks like its trying to spit out a black mouth piece
Feb 18, 2013 10:22AM
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i wish gm wouldn't have copied the ugly bar thing in the lower grill from audi and other makes like hyundai ,vw,dodge and others..for sure it'll be overpriced like all gm autos...close but no horseshoe
Feb 18, 2013 8:32AM
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very boring looking....and why isn't made in the US????????????
Feb 18, 2013 8:25AM
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thank you chevy for bring a real american hot rod sedan ,,,to america from australia  ....remember the GTO you know the pontiac division you trashed after bring this crap to americs instead of building it here???? WTF is the problem you greedy pricks build something here for once anamerican company my ****..i bet a tundra has more american labor and tax payers associated with it than this "SS"

super sport bah..stupid **** more like.......... 

Feb 18, 2013 8:11AM
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It's a nice looking car, but I'm dissappointed that over the past 10 years Chevy has completely lost sight of what an SS is, and has slapped the badge on everything from a Cobalt to the hideous Malibu Maxx in desperation for sales.  It's really quite sad how badly they have abused the badge.

 

And now this new sports sedan doesn't even have a name?  Its just an SS?  That just seems odd to me.

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