2014 Chevrolet SS
Chevrolet has officially unveiled its new high performance sedan at NASCAR’s Daytona 500 earlier this year, but the super sedan’s auto show debut didn’t occur until the Dallas Auto Show.
The launch of the SS marks Chevrolet’s first V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since the 1996 Impala SS.
The SS is largely based on the Australian-market Holden Commodore, and that fact is reflected in the sedan’s styling. The only major difference between the two is the addition of Chevrolet’s Bowtie badge to the SS’ grille.
Behind that grille resides the same 6.2L LS3 V8 that powered the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette. Chevrolet has yet to lock down the SS’ official performance figures, but says the LS3 should be good for 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to the SS’ rear-wheels via a six-speed transmission with a final drive ratio of 3.27. No manual transmission will be offered, but the SS does come standard with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Chevrolet says the SS will be capable of accelerating from 0-60 in about 5 seconds.
And, unlike muscle cars of yore, the SS promises to turn and stop just as well as it accelerates. The SS boasts a near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution and touches like an aluminum hood and rear deck lid ensure the car’s center of gravity is as low as possible.
Hiding behind the SS’ staggered 19-inch wheels are ventilated Brembo disc brakes –four-piston up front and single-piston out back — which should be more than up to the task of hauling the sedan down from speed. The SS can also play the role of luxury cruiser, thanks to seating for five and a long list of standard features. Some of the highlights of the SS include leather seats, an in-dash touchscreen, Bose sound system, a color heads-up display and push button start.
On the safety front, the SS comes loaded with StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear-vision camera with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The SS is also the first Chevy to feature Automatic Parking Assist, which can steer the car into either a parallel or reverse right-angle parking spot.
Like the short-lived Pontiac G8 that preceded it, the SS will be built in Australia.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS will arrive in dealer showrooms during the fourth quarter of 2013. Prices will be announced closer to the car’s launch.