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2014 Chevrolet SS: Performance Sedan with Racing DNA
As Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since 1996, the new Chevrolet SS is designed to deliver performance on the street and on the track. The 2014 Chevrolet SS will debut this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway as the SS racecar makes its NASCAR debut during the Daytona 500.

"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 and fills it better than any other vehicle in the brand's rich history. The comfort, convenience, spaciousness and V-8 power make the SS a total performance package unlike any other on the road today."

The Chevrolet SS benefits from the proven, race-tested, global rear-wheel drive architecture that is the foundation for the Camaro, Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle and Holden's VF Commodore.

The Chevrolet SS is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, expected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Also used in the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette, the LS3 displaces 6.2 liters, more than the 5.5-liter V-8 powering the Chevrolet SS NASCAR competitors.

The LS3 is married to a six-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. With an aggressive 3.27 final-drive ratio, the Chevrolet SS accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds – making it one of the quickest sedans on the market.

To ensure that it turns and stops as well as it accelerates; the Chevrolet SS also features a sport-tuned chassis, including:
• MacPherson strut front and multilink independent rear suspension geometry
• Electronic power steering system, optimized for sport driving
• Standard Brembo brakes, with ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers
• Forged aluminum wheels, wrapped in ultra-high-performance Bridgestone tires: 19 x 8.5 inch wheels with 245/40ZR19 tires in front; 19 x 9.0 inch wheels with 275/35ZR19 tires rear

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 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 perfect weight balance and lower center of gravity were a big part of that goal because it enabled the team to tune for a more comfortable highway ride without sacrificing handling or driver confidence while cornering at the limits."

Similarly, the design of the SS blends performance cues and premium details.

"From every angle, the Chevrolet SS says power and performance," said John Cafaro design director Chevrolet passenger cars and small crossovers. "The combination of an aggressive rear-wheel drive stance and body-side attitude with the right balance of detail and refinement inside and out are the perfect home for Chevrolet's V-8 performance package."

The staggered front and rear wheels, which are pushed out to the corners, enhance the sporting, muscular stance of the SS. Up front, the aluminum hood features a subtle "power bulge" hinting at the power of the engine underneath. At the rear, the tapered, tear-drop shape contributes to improved aerodynamic performance. Premium cues include jewel-like chrome accents, standard high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode daytime running lights.

The spacious interior of the SS will comfortably accommodate five adults, with 42 inches of front legroom, and 39 inches of rear legroom. Leather seating surfaces are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The SS emblem is prominently stitched onto the soft-touch instrument panel which features two types of chrome finishes – a satin gloss and a bright chrome. At night, the interior is illuminated by ice blue ambient lighting.

An integrated center stack includes infotainment, climate and other vehicle controls. The Chevrolet SS also offers a long list of technology features as standard equipment including:
• Color, in-dashboard touch screen that supports Chevrolet MyLink and the next-generation navigation system
• Bose® Nine-speaker premium sound system
• Color heads-up display
• Push-button start
• StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control
• Forward Collision Alert
• Lane Departure Warning
• Side Blind Zone Alert
• Rear-vision camera Rear Cross Traffic Alert

The SS is also the first Chevrolet to offer Automatic Parking Assist, which provides hands-free parking help. This efficient 'hands-free' parking assistant uses the ultrasonic sensing system to detect the width and depth of either parallel or reverse right-angle parking spaces. While the driver controls the throttle, transmission, and brake, the Automatic Parking Assist controls the steering inputs necessary to neatly park the Chevrolet SS.

The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013, with prices set closer to the on-sale date. When it arrives in showrooms, the SS will join the Corvette and Camaro, whose combined sales have made Chevrolet America's favorite performance brand for the last two years.

2014 CHEVROLET SS PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Overview
Model: Chevrolet SS
Body style / driveline: front-engine, rear-drive
Construction: unitized body structure and frame; two-sided galvanized steel (except roof)
EPA vehicle class: large
Manufacturing location: Elizabeth, Australia

Powertrain
Engine: 6.2L OHV V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc): 376 / 6162
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block material: cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
Cylinder head material: aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead valve; two valves per cylinder; roller lifters
Ignition system: coil-near-plug ignition
Fuel: sequential fuel injection
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Horsepower (hp/ kW @ rpm): 415 / 309 @ 5900
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 415 / 563 @ 4600
Fuel: premium recommended not required
Transmission: Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed automatic w/ TapShift

Chassis/Suspension
Front: multi-link MacPherson strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar; progressive-rate coil springs; fully adjustable camber, caster and toe
Rear: four-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over shocks; stabilizer bar; fully adjustable camber and toe
Steering type: electric power

Brakes
Front
Type: ventilated disc
Rotor diameter x thickness (mm): 355 x 32
Caliper four-piston fixed
Rear
Type: ventilated disc
Rotor diameter x thickness (mm): 324 x 22
Caliper: single-piston sliding

Wheels/Tires
Wheel size and type: 19 x 8.5-inch forged, fully polished aluminum (front)
19 x 9-inch forged, fully polished aluminum (rear)
Tires: P245/40R19 (front)
P275/35R19 (rear)

Dimensions
Exterior
Wheelbase (in / mm): 114.8 / 2916
Overall length (in / mm): 195.5 / 5185
Overall width (in / mm): 74.7 / 1898
Overall height (in / mm): 57.9 / 1491
Track (in / mm): front: 62.6 / 1590
rear: 62.4 / 1612

Interior
front / rear
Seating capacity: 2 / 3
Legroom (in / mm): 42.3 / 1074 39.7 / 1008

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Trying to fight the Fusion. The question is whether the Fusion goes SHO (6cyl turbo) or V8 now.

Dunno why they adopted the big black Hyundai bar across the grill.
 

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Dunno why they adopted the big black Hyundai bar across the grill.
Do car makers think that looks good? Who started that shit first, Mitsubishi with the Eclipse? If it looks terrible on the Skyline GT-R, it looks terrible on anything else.
 

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:thumbdown Too Hyundai looking, they shouda stuck with their modern-muscle throw back theme and made a new CHEVELLE
 

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I believe the black bar is usually there to hide the newer stricter crash bar requirements.
 

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2014 Chevrolet SS Review
http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1401_2014_chevrolet_ss/
Don't be deluded into viewing the SS as any kind of return to the golden days. Chevrolet doesn't plan to import more than 4000 of them annually from Australia. For 2013, the SS became Chevy's NASCAR model. Officially, Chevrolet hasn't decided what will follow. "Stay tuned," says Dave Leone, GM's executive chief engineer for global product platforms. Unofficially, it's hard to imagine this car becoming any more of a commercial success than the last two Holden-sourced imports, the Pontiac GTO and G8. To sell more, GM would have to consider relocating production to North America. It would also have to improve fuel economy -- think cylinder deactivation and a transmission with more than six speeds -- so as not to adversely impact the company's CAFE standing. Those things cost money that Chevy would probably rather use to, say, improve its all-important compact and mid-size cars. We get all that. And yet the 2014 Chevrolet SS still haunts us as a reminder of a time when Chevry built powerful, charismatic sedans for the masses.
2014 Chevrolet SS vs. 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 392
http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2014-chevrolet-ss-vs-2013-dodge-charger-srt8-392-comparison-test
Rain Supreme: SS meets SRT8 in a precipitous battle of modern-day muscle.

First place: 2014 Chevrolet SS


Highs:
Excellent handling balance, refined interior, great looks, an LS3 V-8.

Lows:
Limited availability, can be mistaken for a Malibu, no manual offered.

Verdict:
The gifted offspring of a BMW M5 and a Chevy Camaro SS.

Second place: 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 392

Highs:
A Hemi V-8, classic Mopar ’tude, user-friendly controls.

Lows:
Brutal ride, feels massive, muted steering, can get expensive.

Verdict:
A retro powerhouse proudly short on grace.
First Test: 2014 Chevrolet SS
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/1312_2014_chevrolet_ss_first_test/
The Wolverine From Down Under Drops Its Claws

The levels of road and wind noise are more in keeping with the car’s mass-market roots, but the shocks are (mercifully) softened from their Aussie-market Commodore SS V-series Redline spec to better cushion Michigan’s frost-heaved potholes while still offering laudable sport-sedan body-motion control. We’d love to try the magnetic setup top-spec HSV Gen-F GTS models get in Oz, but Leone cautions against expecting the Chevy SS to get that car’s hotter supercharged LSA engine, or the Z/28’s LS7, or even the current Corvette’s more efficient but pricier LT1, any of which would bolt in easily. “We are enthused and excited about the car, but we’re not planning on dropping in three new engines.”

That’s in part because while the car is not capacity constrained, Chevy can’t really afford to sell tens of thousands of SSs when each one gets socked with a $1300 gas-guzzler tax (rated 14/21 mpg, it’s even thirstier than a five-speed Charger SRT8). This sad CAFE reality means there’s less incentive to stir the pot with new variants. But to those rear-drive Impala SS enthusiasts overdue for a new car to tune, tweak, and bracket-race (and make big, smoky burnouts in such as the one our art department insisted we snap, though that’s no longer this car’s principle raison d’etre), Leone assures, “We will support the car in accessories. Holden has a reasonable aftermarket portfolio, and a lot of Camaro equipment will bolt on.”

The least-impressive element of the car is styling that lacks the movie-star appeal of its Mopar rivals. But please, Chevy, if addressing this, don't add any adamantium flourishes.
2014 Chevrolet SS Review
http://www.autoguide.com/manufacturer/chevrolet/2014-chevrolet-ss-review-video-3610.html
Pricey Performance from Down Under

The Verdict


It’s not like the SS was ever intended to be a high seller. But little promotion, an attractive in-house rival and forgetful styling have only made the road to success more difficult for this large, sporty sedan. It’s too bad really because the SS truly is a well-crafted vehicle.
2014 Chevrolet SS Full Test
http://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/ss/2014/road-test.html
It's got Australian heritage, but the Chevy SS is all-American at heart.

A Smoking Deal

In probably the least fortunate car-launch timing in history, GM announced — just as SS sedans rolled onto dealer lots this month — that it plans to close the Elizabeth, South Australia, plant that builds the Chevy SS in 2017.

Does this mean the end of the SS before it's even had a chance to get started? We have no idea. After driving the 2014 Chevy SS we sure hope it finds a way to stick around. With a starting price of $44,470, the SS is a solid value among large performance sedans. Our test car fitted with both options, and including the $1,300 gas-guzzler tax, totaled $47,170.

That's no small price for a Chevrolet sedan, but compare its capabilities to the competition and the value is clear. At that price, America's wholesale rejection of good stuff (especially the V8-powered rear-drive sedan) looks even sillier.
First Drive > 2014 Chevrolet SS
http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/09/2014-chevrolet-ss-review-first-drive/
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A four-door Corvette it's not, and neither is it a retro nod to the aforementioned Chevelle SS of the past. But that's okay. Because what the SS is – a credible performance sedan capable of lining up against the best the rest of the world has to offer – is plenty enough to make this Australian-American a winner that doesn't need gimmicks to impress... at least for a few thousand people per year, which is all that The General is planning to sell, anyway.
 

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For the latest Chevrolet SS pricing, reviews and vehicle information:
http://www.kbb.com/chevrolet/ss/2014-chevrolet-ss/

The Chevrolet SS is an Australian-bred, full-size, V8-powered performance sedan. How does this raucous package fare on American roads? Kelley Blue Book's Micah Muzio has the answer.
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Matt invites /DRIVE CLEAN host, world-renowed auto-detailer, and Impala SS owner Larry Kosilla out to LA to help review the 2014 Chevrolet SS. Can an LS3 engine, rear-wheel drive, and great build quality overcome bland styling?
 

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Dunno if it's in any of these posts, but they're going to bring the magnetic ride, etc. to the SS. I'm sure that will drive up the price. But, that being the case, I can't see buying this year's offering of the SS. Just my opinion, of course... :gap:
 
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