2014 Chevrolet SS Brings Rear-Wheel-Drive V8 Splendor to Daytona


  • 2014 Chevrolet SS Picture

    2014 Chevrolet SS Picture

    The 2014 Chevrolet SS debuted on Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway. | February 15, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • 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.

Comments

  • beecee1 beecee1 Posts:

    This Could Have Been The PERFECT Reinvention Of The 2011 Impala SS, But NOO! smh There Hasn't Been A Real Impala Since 1996, And Then GM Had The Audacity To Take The Impala Name, A Name With Such Historical Automotive Significance, And Slap It On An UGLY Front-Wheel-Drive Bucket In 2000! I Do Like This Car, But The Dodge Charger Still Looks Better! smh@GM.com

  • nyccarguy nyccarguy Posts:

    Looks like a winner for GM & Chevrolet. Certainly a nice competitor to the Dodge Charger. I'm looking forward to the write ups & road tests to come. Don't forget about us car guys living in the north east. Give us optional AWD with the V8 & Sport Suspension please!

  • ddorsey ddorsey Posts:

    NO MANUAL. G8 looked better. no sale.

  • frank908 frank908 Posts:

    Four photos Edmunds? Autoblog has 20 I think....

  • rallye350 rallye350 Posts:

    Sure would love to see an AWD variant with a manual transmission show up in a couple years when my current lease expires!!!

  • nyccarguy nyccarguy Posts:

    ddorsey - the "NO MANUAL" thing used to bug me, but not anymore. I know there is no truer connection with a car than a slick shifting manual transmission (like in my 2001 Prelude Type SH). The harsh reality is that the take rate on manual transmissions is so low, that it is difficult for manufacturers to justify the extra cost of development/crash testing. My Prelude was my daily driver for 9 years. I love it. I love driving stick. But I'm really glad that I can drive my manual transmission car when I want to and not because I have to.

  • vrooomf1 vrooomf1 Posts:

    Lame version of the Holden! Why can't they get it right?

  • ttbuyer ttbuyer Posts:

    What's not to like? Well, it's still a Chevy.

  • fandsw fandsw Posts:

    Very interesting....The question is if it is in reality a rebadged G8 with newer engine or is it an improved next generation structure with new engine. Looking at the pics my guess it's the former.....

  • markrt06 markrt06 Posts:

    The first 5000 of these will move off the lots very quickly, no doubt.

  • Well there goes any hope I had to pick up a G8 GXP with a six speed for any semblance of a reasonable price in the next few years. I foresee a J curve in resale for those now.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    I surely won't be able to afford one. But I'm glad GM is making the effort. I still think it should be a Chevelle SS though.

  • john1168 john1168 Posts:

    What's not to like you ask? I'll tell you. 2 things. 1st, NO LT 1. Second, the front end. Particularly the big lower front grill and the area around the foglamps. Everything else looks fine.

  • I really like this car and hope it sells well for GM; enough to produce more variants like a limited few with manuals, maybe some AWD versions. If you ask me what's not to like - the name. I really would like THIS to be the Impala and for scrap that other car (maybe they will scrap that other car since they will have this and the Malibu). GM's 3.5 (or 3.6...whichever it is) V6 is a great engine choice for this for the low end. So that's what I want Chevy to do: Make this the Impala with RWD and AWD V6 options, RWD and AWD V8 options, and a RWD V8 with an optional manual

  • markstip markstip Posts:

    I like it, but the SS name alone for a sedan, not really! This should be the Impala SS. The 2014 FWD Impala should be the Caprice.

  • jscion jscion Posts:

    There is no doubt that this is a nice looking vehicle, but the exterior styling is more on par with mid-sized family sedans than something on a performance sedan. I could mistake this for a restyled Malibu easily.

  • samster231 samster231 Posts:

    " the "NO MANUAL" thing used to bug me, but not anymore. I know there is no truer connection with a car than a slick shifting manual transmission (like in my 2001 Prelude Type SH). The harsh reality is that the take rate on manual transmissions is so low, that it is difficult for manufacturers to justify the extra cost" Normally I would except this argument, but given the fact that the manual Camaro exists, could this powertrain have been put into the SS without too much extra time/cost? Maybe later.

  • _driver72_ _driver72_ Posts:

    So why is it the same 415 hp rating and engine that was used in the Pontiac GXP from several years ago? Come on GM, either use the 426 hp version from the Camaro SS or really get people's attention by dropping in a slightly detuned version, say 440 hp, of the new LT1 (on a side note I think it's silly of GM to name the new engine LT1....again, after doing so twice before). I would also lose the lower front fairing with LED lights if you plan to sell a police version of it, as those will get ripped off the first time a cop has to jump a curb in pursuit.

  • The real question is: Will GM committ long term to this car? Will GM develop a bit of corporate patience and give these cars a chance to be developed and improved? Witness the "GTO" and the G8, or if you want to go way back, just when they started getting the Fiero right, they killed it.

  • trav187 trav187 Posts:

    I agree with everyone else saying that the entire Chevrolet design team should be fired, terminated, axed, etc.. They literally have no imagination or motivation to create anything cutting edge or risky (thats where they fail, because they have tried risky, but failed miserably in doing so).. This looks like a freak'n Malibu.. The only decent looking car they have at the moment is the Camaro, and thats a stretch. If I was a Corvette fan, I'd be disgusted as well. They need to ditch the giant GOLD Chevy logo and modernize it.. Chrysler and Ford are light years ahead of them, this coming from a former Chevy fan..

  • ttbuyer ttbuyer Posts:

    So, do I have to post a NEW comment every time I want to read the comments on an article?

  • neusp33d2 neusp33d2 Posts:

    The upper grille looks a bit weak

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    Well it's just another Aussie import for GM like the GTO and G8. I truly hope it's a flop, if they are going to sell a Chevy SS it should be US made not imported.

  • louverine louverine Posts:

    The problem with this car, is that the body design is about ten years too old. The body says government issue, which this car is since it is just a police issue Chevy Impala, with a different body. Chrysler has been doing this car for about 10years its called the 300. The 300 despite all of its other issues is a good looking car. Chevy needed to knock it out of the park with a grand slam but it only got a double. Chevy go back and redo the body please, you need a car that grabs the public's attention, not the attention of undercover cops and the Highway Patrol. Also with gas approached $4.50 a gallon in southern California I would want a car with superhandling and a bullet proof v6. Just ask toyota why it keeps getting the hits. Chevy please here this not every buyer for your cars has a mullet or a badge and listens to Sweet Home Alabama.

  • trav187 trav187 Posts:

    Off topic, but seriously, I can't even begin to explain how badly I miss the former INSIDELINE website. "Whats Hot" just isn't cutting it for me. It seems so incredibly luke-warm and content-starved.. Life goes on I guess.

  • zoomzoomn zoomzoomn Posts:

    So this was the next Pontiac G8. Lol!

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I could day a lot of different things about this, but it'll boil down to just this: Another RWD V8 sedan available in our market, that's a good thing!

  • blueprint1 blueprint1 Posts:

    Car mags will love it, fanboys will cheer it and the market will ignore it. If it's a niche car intended for niche volume, then so be it, but just like the G8, this car doesn't convey the "right" image for GM right now. What they need is a Camry-fighting Malibu, not a 400+hp gas guzzler. PS website is still awfull.

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    Cant wait for the SS Charger SRT8 comparison test.

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    I really want to see this car fail, because I want to prove a point to the "V8 RWD everything" car enthusiast, and because I'm a greenie. Yet, I really want to see it suceed because It's so awesome!!!

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