2014 Chevrolet SS Brings Rear-Wheel-Drive V8 Splendor to Daytona
- After a 17-year absence, Chevrolet brings back rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan power to the masses — not just the police — with the debut of the 2014 Chevrolet SS.
- The 6.2-liter V8 engine in the 2014 Chevrolet SS is expected to deliver 415 horsepower.
- The Chevrolet SS also features a sport-tuned chassis with standard Brembo brakes and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels.
DAYTONA, Florida — After a 17-year absence, Chevrolet brings back rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan power to the masses — not just the police — with the debut of the 2014 Chevrolet SS.
The five-passenger 2014 Chevrolet SS goes on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date, said Chevrolet.
The debut of the 2014 Chevrolet SS, along with the excitement generated by the introduction of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, heralds a major return by Chevrolet to its performance roots.
The new SS debuted on Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway as the SS racecar and makes its NASCAR debut during the Daytona 500.
The 2014 SS is the successor to the Pontiac G8 GXP and one of the new halo cars for Chevrolet since it fills the niche of a high-performance, four-door sedan. The Chevrolet SS is spun off GM's global rear-wheel-drive architecture that underpins the Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle and Holden's VF Commodore.
The rollout of the SS at Daytona underscores just how much the SS is a collaborative effort with NASCAR. The SS moniker (short for Super Sport) in the past denoted the highest levels of performance for Chevrolet.
The 6.2-liter V8 engine in the 2014 Chevrolet SS is expected to deliver 415 horsepower, said Chevrolet. The SS gets the same engine used in the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette. The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. A manual transmission is not available, according to Mike Albano, a Chevrolet spokesman.
Fuel economy estimates were not disclosed.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS sprints from zero to 60 mph in about 5 seconds, according to Chevrolet.
The Chevrolet SS, which rides on a 114.8-inch wheelbase, also features a sport-tuned chassis with standard Brembo brakes and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. GM said handling is 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.
"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 of GM global programs, in a statement.
The Chevrolet SS gets staggered front and rear wheels. The aluminum hood features a "power bulge." Other exterior touches include jewel-like chrome accents, standard high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights.
The cabin gets standard leather seating surfaces, eight-way power-adjustable front bucket seats and an SS emblem stitched onto the instrument panel.
Standard equipment includes a Bose nine-speaker premium sound system, color head-up display, push-button start, electronic stability control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert.
The SS is the first Chevrolet to offer optional Automatic Parking Assist, which provides hands-free parking help in parallel or reverse right-angle parking situations.
While Chevrolet is being mum about rollout specifics, the 2014 Chevrolet SS is not expected to come in lower-priced variants.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Chevrolet SS kicks off a new high-performance era for Chevrolet, one that has been a long time in coming.