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Cue the excitement.

The 2014 Chevrolet SS, which makes a very fitting debut tied to the Daytona 500, is a car that is just as momentous as the C7 Corvette in its own way. It is a Chevy muscle car at heart that will get a lot of attention from dads who are Corvette fans but need more space for the kids. The SS also makes for a powerful symbol of how parent company General Motors has muscled its way back from bankruptcy.

This performance sedan takes GM back to its roots, reviving a rear-wheel-drive tradition absent for 17 years. Even more it is a physical manifestation of GM’s heyday, being a modern revival of the Chevy Caprice that was the most popular American car in the 60s and early 70s.

But even if it is Chevy’s first full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan since the Caprice, the SS really has more in common with another favorite that got scrapped during the hard spell at GM — the Pontiac G8.

The link to its storied past is purposeful on GM’s part. The SS is a celebration of the company’s comeback, a rally call for employees and car buyers alike. It does not just evoke much better times from decades ago, it also invokes happier times ahead. It is a totem of sorts, as suggested by the name itself.

In christening the car as the SS, Chevy accords this newcomer an unusual distinction. An “SS” badge, short for “Super Sport,” has adorned high-performance versions of Chevys for decades, including the current Camaro sports car. But here it is a standalone name. The choice recalls a highly regarded muscle car history and essentially declares this car the ultimate SS.

It is heady stuff. Four years ago, under the yoke of a government-backed bailout, a bankrupt GM was taking extreme measures. It killed entire brands, Pontiac included, and axed high-performance cars like the G8, a full-size, V8-powered sedan very similar to the new Chevy SS. It even went so far as to completely disband its long-standing High Performance Vehicle Operations unit, which had developed such fast, gas-guzzling cars as the Cadillac CTS-V and Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1.

At the time, GM desperately needed smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles and they became its sole focus.

Now the company is enjoying success on that front. Small cars such as the Chevrolet Cruze, which debuted for the 2009 model year, are selling well. GM has improved its overall Corporate Average Fuel Economy from 29.6 miles per gallon for the 2008 model year to a projected 32.9 miles per gallon for the 2012 model year.

This helps provide running room to pursue performance vehicles once again. GM unveiled the highly anticipated 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray to great fanfare at the Detroit auto show in January. And only a month later, the SS is rolling out on a stage all its own, to cheering Nascar fans at the Daytona International Speedway. (See the slideshow for pictures of the SS making its world debut.)


The hood and trunk lid of the 2014 Chevrolet SS are made of aluminum , which is 30 percent lighter than steel. They not only save weight but also lower the car's center of gravity to improve handling. (Credit: Chevrolet)

The big, brawny performance sedan—which Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, has called a “four-door Corvette”—is set to go on sale in the fourth quarter. It is expected to be one of the fastest sedans available, with the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about five seconds.

The SS has a V8 engine called the LS3, which is the same one used in the 2013 Corvette. With 6.2 liters of displacement and 415 horsepower, it is more potent than the 5.5-liter V8 engines used in the new Chevy SS Nascar race cars.

The SS will compete directly with the Dodge Charger and slots right between the R/T and SRT8 versions of that car in terms of horsepower.

GM has not announced pricing, but Automotive News pegged the starting price of the SS at $27,535 including shipping.


The seats on the Chevy SS have deep side bolster to keep occupants in place during high-speed maneuvers. (Credit: Chevrolet)

The SS will be made in Australia, by the GM subsidiary Holden. The car is essentially a new version of the Pontiac G8. Like the G8, the SS is based on GM’s Zeta platform, developed by Holden for the Commodore sedan that it is sold Down Under. The same architecture also underpins the Chevrolet Camaro and the recently introduced Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle, available only to law enforcement.

The Pontiac G8 sedan was only on sale for the 2008 and 2009 model years, having been the victim of bad timing. But it was a great car, particularly the GXP version that used the Corvette V8.

Unlike the defunct Pontiac G8, however, the new Chevy SS will not be offered with a V6 and a smaller V8. The SS is being marketed as a top-of-the-line performance sedan and will come loaded with features that are options on most other Chevrolets, such as a Bose audio system and advanced collision warning systems.

The SS features a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. In keeping with its sporty nature, it also has body-hugging front seats, 19-inch wheels, and brakes made by Brembo, an Italian company that specializes in braking systems for race cars and sports cars.

The decision to unveil the SS at the race track—with Nascar fans gathered to watch drivers qualify for the upcoming Daytona 500—is in keeping with a larger GM strategy that uses motor sports to improve its brand image and foster better engineering of its passenger vehicles. (Read more about its strategy here.)

The 2014 SS is the first rear-wheel-drive sedan from Chevrolet since 1996, Reuss noted in a press release announcing the debut. The last one of its kind was the Caprice, which also had a performance version called the Impala SS.

Despite the long absence, “the Chevrolet brand was largely built on the strength of rear-drive performance sedans,” Reuss said. “The all-new Chevrolet SS fills that void and fills it better than any other vehicle in the brand’s rich history.”

Chevy is driving a race car version of the SS in Nascar competition this year, replacing the Impala used previously. Though the race car shares little technology with the road version of the SS, at least both have a V8 and rear-wheel drive.

This makes the SS seen on the race track a much better approximation of the version that consumers can buy than its Nascar competitors are. The Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion, unlike their racing counterparts, are front-wheel-drive sedans that don’t even offer V8 engines. They have four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines.

This is not lost on Reuss, who is a racing fan. Large, rear-wheel drive vehicles with powerful V8 engines — the same ones that consumers would buy, only modified — became the backbone of stock-car racing in the late 1940s and early ’50s. This eventually evolved into the Nascar racing series, which now relies on cars built expressly for competition.


GM president Mark Reuss (left) greets Nascar driver Jeff Gordon during the unveiling of the Chevy SS at the Daytona International Speedway. (Credit: Chevrolet)

In developing the SS, Reuss has said he wanted to create a more direct link between the race car that fans cheer on and the one they can buy in dealerships, not only to help sales, but to honor the roots of the sport.

The new SS race car certainly looked good in its first outing. Nascar drivers running the SS took the top five starting positions for the Daytona 500 on Sunday during qualifications this past weekend. Danica Patrick of Stewart-Haas Racing became the first woman in the history of Nascar to make pole position. She drives the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevy SS.

Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports qualified for the second starting spot. He joined Reuss in introducing the road version of the SS this past Saturday, driving it into the Fan Zone at the Daytona race track for the public reveal.

2014 Chevrolet SS Revives Rear-Wheel-Drive Tradition, Is A Sign Of Strength At GM - Forbes
 

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A World Debut Tied To The Daytona 500
The 2014 Chevrolet SS is expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter. It promises a 0-to-60 time of about 5 seconds, making it one of the quickest sedans available.

Chevy unveiled the production version of the new SS at the Daytona International Speedway over the weekend amid qualifying for the Daytona 500. A race car version of the SS also had its first outing in Daytona as Chevy's entry in the 2013 Nascar Sprint Cup series.

A silver Chevy SS is pictured here on the starting line of the race track in Daytona Beach, Fla. Next to it is a blue Chevy SS Daytona 500 Pace Car.


Jeff Gordon With The New Chevy SS
Nascar star Jeff Gordon drove the 2014 Chevrolet SS into the the Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway for its public unveiling.

It was a big moment for Chevy and Nascar fans. The production version of the SS is the first rear-wheel-drive sedan in Chevy's lineup since 1996, and a race car version of the SS is Chevy's new entry in the Nascar Sprint Cup series.


Unveiling The SS As Enthusiastic Nascar Fans Look On
General Motors President Mark Reuss greets Nascar driver Jeff Gordon during the world debut for the 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan at the Daytona International Speedway.

Gordon, who is part of Team Chevy, was in the driver's seat for the unveiling of the SS. He drove the car into the Fan Zone before the Sprint Unlimited race on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Gordon also runs a Chevrolet SS race car in the Nascar Sprint Cup series. Reuss is a racing fan who believes participating in motor sports is a key to success for GM.


Muscle Car Trio
It is a sign of strength that General Motors is turning its attention to performance vehicles again.

Shown here are a trio of them from Chevrolet — from left, the 2014 SS, the 2013 Camaro ZL1 and the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
 

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A Good Day -- Er, G'day -- For GM
Though exciting and important, the 2014 Chevrolet SS is a niche car that is not expected to sell in huge numbers. Analysts forecast U.S. sales of about 10,000 next year.

The SS will be made in Australia, by the General Motors subsidiary Holden. It is based on GM’s Zeta platform, which Holden developed for the Commodore sedan that is sold in Australia. The same architecture also underpins two U.S. models: the recently introduced 2013 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle, which is available only to law enforcement, and the Chevrolet Camaro.


V8 Power
The 2014 Chevrolet SS is powered by a V8 engine called the LS3, which is also used in the 2013 Corvette. With 6.2 liters of displacement and 415 horsepower, it is more potent than the 5.5-liter V8 engines used in the new Chevy SS Nascar race cars.


Race On Sunday, Sell On Monday
Team Chevy is using an SS race car as its Nascar entry this year, replacing the Impala it used previously. Although the race car shares little technology with the production version of the SS, at least both have a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive.

That makes the race car a closer approximation of the SS that consumers can buy than its Nascar competitors are to their street versions. The Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, unlike their racing counterparts, are front-wheel drive sedans that don't even offer V8 engines.


Race On Sunday, Sell On Monday
Team Chevy is using an SS race car as its Nascar entry this year, replacing the Impala it used previously. Although the race car shares little technology with the production version of the SS, at least both have a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive.

That makes the race car a closer approximation of the SS that consumers can buy than its Nascar competitors are to their street versions. The Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, unlike their racing counterparts, are front-wheel drive sedans that don't even offer V8 engines.
 

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Loaded With Features
A color touchscreen is standard on the new Chevy SS as are leather seats, a Bose audio system, push-button start and advanced collision warning systems. The SS is also the first Chevy to offer Automatic Parking Assist, which provides hands-free parking help.


Interior of the 2014 Chevrolet SS
An interior shot of the new Chevy SS featuring the driver's seat


SS Stands For Super Sport
Diehard Chevy muscle-car fans will love the SS logos stitched into the seats. The SS moniker has a deep history, having adorned high-performance Chevys for decades.

There is a Chevy Camaro with an SS badge currently. The first car ever to get the SS badge is a 1957 Corvette race car prototype. It is noteworthy that Chevy opted to use SS as a standalone name in this case.


Scorching Performance
With its 415-horsepower V8, the 2014 Chevrolet SS can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour in around five seconds. That's brutally fast for such a large car. Unfortunately, only a six-speed automatic transmission will be offered—no manual for the true muscle-car enthusiasts. But there are paddles mounted on the steering wheel for manual shifting.
 

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High-End Headlights
The 2014 Chevrolet SS has high-intensity discharged headlamps and LED daytime running lights—both items that cost extra on most Chevy models.


Snazzy Wheels
Check out the 19-inch wheels and high-performance brakes from Brembo on the new Chevy SS. Brembo is an Italian company that specializes in building braking systems for race cars and other high-performance vehicles.


A Caprice By Another Name
The front and rear wheels are pushed out to the corners, to enhance the muscular stance of the 2014 Chevrolet SS.

GM's choice to not use the iconic Caprice name on this new super sedan, as it did with a version available only to law enforcement, is puzzling. The 2013 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle, or PPV for short, is a stripped down version of the SS, offering a V6 or less powerful V8 engine.

Prior to the recently launched patrol car, the Caprice name had not been in use since 1996. But the Caprice was the most popular American car in the 60s and early 70s. So the name has a lot of cachet.


Coming To A Dealer Near You
Chevrolet says pricing for the new SS won't be announced until closer to its launch date in the fourth quarter. But one published report pegged the starting price at $27,535.

To find out more about the 2014 Chevy SS, read the full story.
 

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No LT1, No manual trans, no AWD or DCT, claiming "Halo" status and possible "Halo" price ?????

It's a sign of the strength.........
of their thick skulls.
 

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It looks like a great car, and very possibly my next car, but I don't believe it heralds or portends anything at GM. The General sunk a billion dollars into the development of the Holden VE in 2006 with hopes of selling a version stateside as the G8 during the entire production run. When Pontiac died, GM had a lot of excess capacity at the Commodore plant. They eventually retooled to sell the car in the US first exclusively as a police cruiser (Caprice) which led then to it coming back in a limited run as a domestic consumer car in the form of the SS.

GM well may make PR hay out of the implication that the SS is the beginning of something, but really it's probably closer to the end of something.
 

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You hear that TT C6:p

"Rear wheel drive tradition"
GM also has a great tradition of carburetion and point ignition. Should they bring them back too ???

Don't get me wrong, a base configuration of RWD creates a lower entry cost which is a good thing.
But, AWD and DCT should be OPTIONS.

Why is this concept which has been proven by so many other manufacturers so difficult for GM, and some members here, to understand ????
 

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GM also has a great tradition of carburetion and point ignition. Should they bring them back too ???

Don't get me wrong, a base configuration of RWD creates a lower entry cost which is a good thing.
But, AWD and DCT should be OPTIONS.

Why is this concept which has been proven by so many other manufacturers so difficult for GM, and some members here, to understand ????
We understand. But they didn't make an AWD or DCT option so RWD and Auto is all we have. No matter how much you complain they aren't going to take the SS back and redesign it.
 

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We understand. But they didn't make an AWD or DCT option so RWD and Auto is all we have. No matter how much you complain they aren't going to take the SS back and redesign it.
I dunno.
I bitched about black headlights not being available.
I even talked to the plant about bringing black headlights for my museum delivery.

Eventually, GM caved and offered black headlights. SO, who knows???
 

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I dunno.
I bitched about black headlights not being available.
I even talked to the plant about bringing black headlights for my museum delivery.

Eventually, GM caved and offered black headlights. SO, who knows???
i guess all we can do is make the know what we think so maybe things will happen but all the things you want for the SS are big upgrades, hopefully they'll pull through with it, if not, we'll have to move on lol
 

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I dunno.
I even talked to the plant about bringing black headlights for my museum delivery.
What's a "museum delivery"?
 

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I though you knew everything?
Google it, Rob.
Google says it's how douche bags take delivery of Corvettes. Is that right?
 

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Ok. Enough is enough.
I you have a problem, PM me a phone # or an email.

You started the personal $hit.
Keep it offline.
You know when you're done having sex with an 800 pound gorilla?
When the gorilla says you're done.

Hint: You aren't the gorilla in this analogy.
 

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You know when you're done having sex with an 800 pound gorilla?
When the gorilla says you're done.

Hint: You aren't the gorilla in this analogy.
Fighting online is like starting a fight in a bar.
It's a joke and it's all show because it never goes more than 10 seonds before it gets broken up.
Real men stop talking $hit in public and take their disagreement to a private place and settle it.

Be a man, and stop barking online like a little dog.
PM me your contact info and we'll settle our disagreement offline like men.
 

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Fighting online is like starting a fight in a bar.
It's a joke and it's all show because it never goes more than 10 seonds before it gets broken up.
Real men stop talking $hit in public and take their disagreement to a private place and settle it.

Be a man, and stop barking online like a little dog.
PM me your contact info and we'll settle our disagreement offline like men.
Will you be bringing the forum mods with you, or do you think you'll be able to handle this yourself?
 
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