RETURN OF THE SUPER SPORT
Chevrolet revives the SS for 2014
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Published on Sun, Feb 17, 2013
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
HOT WIRE—With 415 horses and rear-wheel drive, the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan marks the return of the SS. The car made its debut at Daytona International Speedway during the Daytona 500 processions. We can thank GM’s Holden VF Commodore from Down Under for supplying the DNA for the new SS. “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,” said Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America. “The all-new Chevrolet SS fills that void.” The new SS is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, expected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. The LS3 displaces 6.2 liters, which Chevy is quick to point out that it’s more than the 5.5-liter V-8 powering the maker’s NASCAR competitors.
The standard transmission in the LS3 is a six-speed, which can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. Chevy says the new SS will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds, which is about on par with the quickest muscle cars from the 1960s. To ensure that it turns and stops as well as it accelerates; the Chevrolet SS also features a sport-tuned chassis, including electronic power steering system, optimized for sport driving, and standard Brembo brakes, with ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers. Chevy says handling is also improved by a near 50/50 weight distribution, and a low center of gravity – made possible in part by the aluminum hood and rear deck lid that are claimed to be 30 percent lighter than traditional steel panels. “Our goal was to create a car that delivers incredible grip and handling balance while cornering, while still being comfortable to drive on the road,” said David Leone, executive chief engineer GM global programs.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013, with prices set closer to the on-sale date.