2014 Chevrolet SS
- 02/16/2013 |
- by Matt Landish |
- Total Car News / Manufacturer
GM revealed the 2014 Chevrolet SS today at the Daytona International Speedway, an appropriate venue to showcase its first V8-powered performance sedan since the Impala SS roamed the streets a decade and a half ago. Based on the global rear-drive platform that underpins its Australian twin, the new VF Holden Commodore, the Chevy SS packs a 6.2L LS3 V8 with 415 horsepower and an equal amount of torque, sent to the rear wheels through a paddle-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. This potent setup should be good for a zero-to-sixty time of around five seconds flat, says GM.
Other boasts include near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, independent suspension with a rear multi-link setup, sport-enhanced electronic power steering and four-piston front Brembo brakes that hide behind nineteen-inch wheels shod in 245-series rubber up front and 275-series out back. The hood and rear decklid are constructed from aluminum and enjoy a 30% weight savings over their conventional steel counterparts. The vehicle’s wheels have been pushed to each outward corner which benefits handling characteristics while showcasing a taut, aggressive stance.
Inside, heavily bolstered leather seats greet passengers and a fully modernized dashboard and center stack convey a premium, sporty theme to the cabin. A color information display sits between red-accented gauges that, in addition to a 180mph speedometer, lend further credence to the vehicle’s performance credentials.
The 2014 SS will feature one of the first production installations of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system bundled with GM’s next-generation navigation system, which occupys a large portion of the center stack. Fully automatic, dual-zone climate controls can be found beneath the screen and are a welcome sight for those not wanting to adjust temperature via sometimes-finicky touch screen interfaces.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS will debut in the fourth quarter of 2013 with pricing to be released closer to its launch.