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On YouTube, semi-prof report done at dealership. A good look at the car for those of us just watching on the web, especially the interior (to include the HUD). No actual driving and a little overboard on the engine rev'ing, nor would I call all the interior trim "subtle," but OK review otherwise. Apologize in advance if a duplicate but I didn't see it on the forum yet.
“Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance car brand, and for 2014 we are going to offer enthusiasts more choices than ever before,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. “No other manufacturer will be able to match the breath of performance cars from Chevrolet.”
Chevrolet sells one out of four performance cars in 2013
For the first 11 months of 2013, Chevrolet has accounted for about 25 percent of all performance car sales in the U.S. as Corvette and Camaro continue to lead their respective segments.
Four new performance cars for 2014
The sales lead for Chevrolet is expected to accelerate as the brand adds four new performance cars to the lineup, including:
First full calendar year of sales of the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan:
The all-new SS, which went on sale in October, is based on a race-proven, global platform that underpins the Camaro, Caprice police vehicle and, in Australia, the high-performance Holden VF Commodore. Elements including lightweight aluminum hood and deck lid panels help give the SS a nearly 50/50 weight balance, while the performance of its 6.2L V-8 – rated at 415 horsepower – and six-speed automatic transmission enable 0-60 mph acceleration in five seconds flat.
We've seen multiple discussions here about SS and Malibu, I've seen hatred spewed in the comments section of all major auto websites and publications.
This piece is dedicated to those who don't know, better yet, those who refuse to know.
I don't think we need another rundown of specs and power figures, lets just say they are impressive enough for the SS to be grouped in Chevys performance tab on their website alongside Camaro and Corvette.
Design is probably the number one place the SS is tripped up, sure the design is not as sexy or exuberant as Camaro and Corvette, but understatement is the key to a good sleeper. Understatement is also key to marrying power and functionality.
Speaking of power and performance, I believe most of us here are familiar with the 4.5 second to 60 time, well below the promised 5.0 time. How does 12.9 seconds at 111 mph sound in the quarter mile? So yes, we do have a formidable stop light grand prix weapon to anyone who still doubts that. Not bad for a 4,000 pound hunk of steel in my opinion.
Ok fine, those figures are not enough to satisfy the insatiable hunger to hammer every move the General makes. Hennessy just got their black SS back to the shop and immediately laid down some base figures. 359 hp and 367 lb-ft at the rear wheels, which keeps it in line with autobox Camaro SS figures.
2014 Chevrolet SS drive review
One of the best American sedans we've driven in a long, long time
By: J.P. Vettraino on 12/02/2013
The 2014 Chevrolet SS is the first Chevrolet to take SS as a model name rather than a trim designation, and the first rear-drive Chevy sedan since the 1996 Impala SS.
No, the 2014 SS is not exclusively a Chevy at its core, or at least not a Chevy first and foremost. The billion or so spent developing this car will be recouped largely by its corporate sibling, the Holden VF Commodore. Its immediate predecessor, the VE Commodore, was Australia's best-selling car for 15 consecutive years.
The SS will ultimately represent a tiny sliver of GM's North American sales, providing the third leg under Chevy's performance stool with the Corvette and Camaro. SS chief engineer Dave Leone concedes that the SS “is not a high-volume car, in terms of its priorities and capability,” but he insists that it was created as a Chevy from the start, with key components not offered in any Holden, starting with the engine.
The SS's centerpiece and first draw is Chevy's Gen IV LS3 V8 -- better known as the base engine in the C6 Corvette. Horsepower peaks at 415 and torque at 415 lb-ft, down 15 hp and 9 lb-ft from the 2013 Vette, thanks largely to the intake and exhaust paths. Its transmission is GM's 6L80 six-speed automatic -- also developed for the C6 and installed in the SS with the same with TAPshift sport electronics and identical ratios. A limited-slip rear-end comes standard, with a 3.27 final drive ratio.