It might be heralded as the return of the American RWD supersedan, while others will write it off as a slip backward to the GM we used to know.
Whatever you think of it, it’s coming: the 2014 Chevrolet SS. It’s fast. It’s powerful. And it looks like a Malibu.
Chevrolet debuted the new SS at this weekend’s Daytona 500. Built on GM’s global rear-wheel-drive architecture, it uses the LS3 V8 engine. For those unfamiliar, that translates to a 6.2-liter powerhouse that generates 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission that drivers can shift manually using steering-wheel paddles. Chevy says the SS can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5 seconds.
That’s some hefty performance for a car that can comfortably seat a family of 5 while hauling home a load of Costco-size groceries.
In a press release, GM North America president Mark Ruess 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.
There’s no doubt in my mind that’ll be true. The SS will be a thrill to drive, even if handling doesn’t quite match up to that of German performance sedans. I just wonder why Chevrolet designed it to look so… plain. Chevy blew me away with the design of the new Corvette, a car for which I really didn’t have very high hopes. It’s unfortunate that an important car like the SS received a traditional Chevy front end that’s also seen on the Cruze.
The SS will be built in Australia and in U.S. showrooms by the end of this year, though no prices or fuel economy info have been released.
What do you think of the 2014 Chevrolet SS?