Chevrolet has unveiled its new top-of-the-line high-performance sedan based on the next-generation Holden VF Commodore from Australia. As the 2014 Chevrolet SS was finally unveiled down in Daytona last friday night. The famous SS badge has been worn on a variety of Chevrolet vehicles since the early 1960s, from sedans to pickups. The Impala, Chevelle, Camaro and Malibu were particularly appropriate canvases, though Novas and TrailBlazers have also used it.
The new 2014 Chevrolet SS shares a platform with the Camaro and new Caprice police car and has strong ties to the newly introduced muscle sedan from Holden which is called the VF Commodore with the SS V spec model being rebadged as the Chevy SS here in North America.
Like the Impala SS of the mid-’90s, the 2014 model adopts its eight-cylinder power from the Corvette. In SS trim, it produces 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque from the 6.2-liter (376 cubic inches) LS3 engine used in the 2013 Corvette. Shifting comes courtesy of a six-speed automatic with paddles on the steering wheel, while stopping arrive via four-piston Brembo calipers up front, a single sliding piston in back. The forged aluminum wheels are 19-inchers all around, each set supporting right around 50 percent of the sedan’s weight, and the aluminum hood and trunk are meant to keep the center of gravity low.
This should help the SS compete against other full-size rivals like the Chrysler 300C and Hyundai Genesis sedan, which are both available with V8 power and rear-wheel drive to provide sporty driving dynamics. However, those two cars also feature a full suite of luxury amenities and high-tech features.
The new SS doesn’t disappoint in that regard, with a spacious interior that provides as much interior legroom than the 300 and Genesis, give or take an inch. Inside, the SS will come fully equipped with standards like leather seats, a touch-screen center console with navigation and Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, a Bose nine-speaker sound system, push-button start, forward collision alert and lane departure warning, a color heads-up display on the windshield and the first application of an autonomous parking system for any Chevrolet in the U.S.
In a statement, GM North America president Mark Reuss said, “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. The all-new Chevrolet SS fills that void and fills it better than any other vehicle in the brand’s rich history.” Mark Conveniently left out the part that 17 years ago when they did sell a V8, RWD, four door sedan, it was available in a manual transmission. Not having this option in a performance orientated car is a large oversight in our opinions and we will be interested in Driving one to see how badly it will be missed.