Chevrolet’s first rear drive performance sedan since 1996 arrives in the fourth quarter of 2013 and will be priced at $44,470, including a $995 destination charge. The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be available in one trim only, powered by a 415 horsepower V-8.
The new Chevrolet SS is based on the Commodore, built by GM’s Australian subsidiary, which is available in a variety of configurations, from a 3.0-liter V-6 to the Holden HSV GTS VT, powered by the same 580-horsepower V-8 that motivates the Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1.
The General Motors fleet in America not long ago included the Commodore-based Pontiac GTO sedan, which went away when GM canned Pontiac in 2009.
However, Chris Perry, Chevrolet marketing v.p., said that “…performance enthusiasts [
have] been clamoring for a rear-wheel-drive sedan…,” adding ““Adding the SS to the lineup further solidifies Chevrolet’s position as America’s best-selling performance-car brand and completes a trifecta that includes the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray and Camaro Z/28.”
The engine for the 2014 Chevrolet will be the LS3 6.2L small-block V-8 rated at 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic will be the only transmission available, though it will able to be manually shifted manually using “TAPshift” paddles mounted on the steering wheel. A 3.27 rear axke ratio will also be standard equipment.
Chevrolet claims the new Chevy SS will do 0-to 60 mph “in about five seconds.”
Included among chassis and suspension specifics are:
- MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear suspension geometry
- Electronic power steering system, optimized for sport driving
- Standard Brembo front brakes, with ventilated, 14-inch (355-mm) two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers
- Forged aluminum wheels, wrapped in ultra-high-performance Bridgestone tires: 19 x 8.5-inch wheels with 245/40ZR19 tires in front; 19 x 9-inch wheels with 275/35ZR19 tires at the rear.
An aluminum hood and trunk lid are also standard for weight reduction, Chevrolet claiming a 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity.
The interior will be in Jet Black, and the SS will be available in five exterior colors, including Mystic Green, Silver Ice Metallic, Red Hot 2, Phantom Black Metallic and Heron White. Sport front bucket seats will be standard. A power-operated sunroof ($900) and full-size spare tire ($500) will be the only options.
Alas, the gas guzzler tax will direct some of the car enthusiast’s dollars into the federal treasury. Pricing information, notes Chevrolet, “will be updated when the charge is determined.” In the meantime, as the Beach Boys did for the famous Chevrolet 409, save your nickels and dimes. Now you know just how many rolls will be required for a brand new Chevrolet SS performance sedan.
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