Cars Coming Soon: 2014 Chevrolet SS

August 30th, 2012
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP: The basis for the new SS

The 2008–2009 Pontiac G8 GXP remains one of my favorite American cars ever built.

Of course, we all know that once General Motors finally hit a home run with the Pontiac brand, it promptly pushed the self-destruct button, and Pontiac exploded into oblivion. Built with some of the best pieces in the GM parts bin, the G8 GXP had the Corvette‘s 6.2-liter, 402-horsepower LS3 V8 under the hood and none of the plastic body cladding glued on to nearly all other Pontiacs in modern history.

Not like we need another high-powered V8 vehicle roaring over American roads, but one like the G8 would be most welcome.

Enter the 2014 Chevrolet SS.

A new V8-powered sedan isn’t likely to help reach the Obama administration’s fuel economy standard of 54.5 mpg, but that doesn’t take effect until 2025, so we still have some time to enjoy cars powered by old-school fuel-drinking V8 engines. Like it or not, those types of cars are one thing GM really excels at building. A RWD 400+-hp V8 sedan sounds right up Chevy’s alley.

Car and Driver says,

Like the G8 before it and several Holden products, the SS will sit on the short-wheelbase version of GM’s Zeta platform (the Caprice cop car uses a very long wheelbase). The new Chevy basically will be a Pontiac G8 underneath, and the roofline, doors, and glass match the defunct Pontiac as well, however, the SS will get bow-tie–specific styling at the front and rear.

So basically, this is a real easy car for GM to develop, because it already exists. All it has to do is put the pieces together and create a front and rear end (which will surely be modeled after the Malibu‘s), then attach it to the G8 pieces in the middle with the Holden/Pontiac/Caprice bits underneath. Even all Frankensteined together, the SS should be an incredible car. Yes, it’s predictable and unnecessary and the kind of car that doesn’t have a promising future, but for right now it should be some serious fire-breathing fun.

Expect the Chevrolet SS to debut as a 2014 model in the United States.

Yes or no: Could there be a new Chevy SS in your garage?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    | #1

    UGH. You hit the nail on the head when you said “parts bin.” GM NA is incapable of engineering anything fresh or even good. What we get is an endless parade of vehicles derived from European and Australian platforms, with one or another of GM’s dull, cookie cutter faces glued on. A new SS will be pure GM, with an ancient pushrod V8 driving a rear-drive chassis. It’s no wonder American cars are laugh riots around the world. Worst thing is the graybeards and hillbillies will line up to buy this dinosaur. Maybe it will appear in the next Transformers movie, no doubt with the name “T-Rex.”

  2. Mike
    | #2

    @ Randy
    I don’t get your comment. GM is actually doing what every other car makers are doing right now. Car comming from overseas being rebadged is something Every car maker has been doing for a long time. and how is the engine ancient?? the LS has been around the year 2000, if you look around all the other car makers there are engine that came from that era as well. And if you mean by technology then you are a little ignorant. The pushrod engine was created AFTER the OHC. So it’s not as ancient, as you may think. its an combo that works to get cheap and reliable power. That car will be cheaper then anything you could by that has 400+ HP by now in any carmaker. Laughing stock? did you know that buick is the most sold car in China?

  3. Jim Redd
    | #3

    I actually think this could be a really great car. The G8 was amazing. as close to a poor man’s BMW as GM has ever come. It deserves to live on, even if wearing a chevy face.

  4. PL
    | #4

    @ Randy
    What’s wrong with a pushrod engine? Ancient, yes. But definitely nothing wrong with them. And how are american cars laughing riots when a ZR1 with the ls9 PUSHROD beat out a Ferrari 599 GTB, a Nissan GTR and a Porsche GT2? You may want to get your facts straight before posting something ignorant next time.

  5. | #5

    When you say “The 2008–2009 Pontiac G8 GXP remains one of my favorite American cars ever built”, I assume you really meant “one of my favourite Australian cars with an American engine ever built”. The Pontiac G8 was simply a rebadged LHD Holden Commodore, designed and developed in Melbourne, Australia and built in Adelaide, Australia. About as American as a large kangaroo steak with some apple pie for dessert.

  6. Randy
    | #6

    Oh, my, I upset a few hillbillies and greybeards. Now they’ll get out their hawgs and 83 vettes and terrorize the neighborhood.

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