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No Manual Transmission At Launch

This one is tough to get over. A lot of people were expecting a complete reincarnation of the Pontiac G8 GXP — which had a manual transmission — in the Chevrolet SS performance sedan. In fact, nearly half of all GXP models sold were equipped with a row-it-yourself gearbox. Granted, there was less than 2,000 ever sold, but it’s not like the SS is intended to be a volume seller, either. In addition, the Holden commodore SS V will launch with a stick shift, and while it’s still unconfirmed, most likely cradle the same LS3 V8 engine. Maybe it’s a supplier constraint. Maybe it’s a price issue. Or maybe it’s something else entirely. Whatever the case, it could be a deal breaker for many potential customers who were looking for a four-door Camaro SS.

The Lack Of Variety


It doesn’t seem that the Chevrolet will launch with the typical LS, LT and LTZ trim hierarchy. Instead, the limited-production RWD sedan will hit the market as loaded as it can possibly be. Put simply, this is in an effort to maximize the profit margin — which is a big part of what made the business case for the SS — and therefore, there might be some impending sticker shock. How much? We’ve heard as much as $40,000 and change, which seems like a lot for a Chevy. Though in the car’s defense, a V8-powered Camaro can exceed that price point. Still, this puts the SS out of range for many potential customers.
The Name

The simple “SS” title sounds cool. But it also doubles as a trim package on the Camaro, and has heritage in the Chevrolet brand as being a performance trim package, and never a model. We have to ask: what was so wrong about resurrecting the Chevelle name? Dodge pulled a parallel move with the Charger, despite adding an extra set of doors from the original, and has seen moderate success in doing so. The Chevelle name alone would have drawn customers. It’s also why the Camaro isn’t called anything else — there’s loads of equity in the name, just as there is in the Chevelle.

The Late Launch Date


The fourth quarter of 2013. Just in time for the summer… of 2014. Launching a vehicle of this nature in the cold months is a head scratcher, but we figure it might have something to do with it being the spring and summer months south of the equator, where Australia is located. Oh well. We’ll just have to throw on some Blizzak tires and get over it.

The Exterior Looks


There’s more drama in the design of the front-wheel-drive, far less athletic Chevrolet Impala. Kind of a bummer that there weren’t more visual changes from the Holden Commodore SS V, though we should still be thankful that the SS is even going to be offered.
 

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I think your might be alone on the second options.

I think the #1 complaint is the lack of a manual.

Considering the demographic that is active here, I am not surprised.

But, the E63 just went 4matic and the BMW M division has finally caved to AWD, so the writing is on the wall.
As much as the Nascar fans hate technology and forward progress, they have to deal with it.

If you disagree, then you have never owned a 600+++ rwhp daily drive or induced oversteer on a 4,000lb +++ daily driver.
It get's old after a while. Especially in the winter.
 

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Considering the demographic that is active here, I am not surprised.

But, the E63 just went 4matic and the BMW M division has finally caved to AWD, so the writing is on the wall.
As much as the Nascar fans hate technology and forward progress, they have to deal with it.

If you disagree, then you have never owned a 600+++ rwhp daily drive or induced oversteer on a 4,000lb +++ daily driver.
It get's old after a while. Especially in the winter.
What's the demographic?
 

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Considering the demographic that is active here, I am not surprised.

But, the E63 just went 4matic and the BMW M division has finally caved to AWD, so the writing is on the wall.
As much as the Nascar fans hate technology and forward progress, they have to deal with it.

If you disagree, then you have never owned a 600+++ rwhp daily drive or induced oversteer on a 4,000lb +++ daily driver.
It get's old after a while. Especially in the winter.
The debate on AWD vs RWD will never end. Some prefer RWD while others prefer AWD. There is no BETTER because it depends what you want to do with it. Do you take your eggs scrambled or over easy? lol

I think it would be nice to have an AWD option but just because everyone is going to AWD doesn't mean the SS has to.

Most AWD systems are actually RWD most of the time, the front wheels only come in when it starts to slip. If you turn off traction control it just stays RWD on some cars.
 

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The lack of available colors and extra power. A better name, maybe. Hey, if it drives well, then I'll call it "MINES". None of these are deal breakers though.
 

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The debate on AWD vs RWD will never end. Some prefer RWD while others prefer AWD. There is no BETTER because it depends what you want to do with it. Do you take your eggs scrambled or over easy? lol

I think it would be nice to have an AWD option but just because everyone is going to AWD doesn't mean the SS has to.

Most AWD systems are actually RWD most of the time, the front wheels only come in when it starts to slip. If you turn off traction control it just stays RWD on some cars.
For overall better performance AWD seems to be the way to go. From reading many of TT_C6's posts it seems to be the main reason why he wants it. But like you said a debate on RWD or AWD will never end!

But he did list AWD as an option, being an option would be great just so they can cater to both sides.
 

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What I dislike about the 2014 Chevrolet SS .......

is that GM did not involve the enthusiasts, the paSSionate people that could have helped guide subtle design features, optional content. Decisions that would appeal to the end customer giving them a sense of satisfaction with the design and content of the end product.
I realize that premise is unobtainable.

I cannot get past the hideous fascia, no manual transmission, and the name ss, it has a "chevy runs deep" feel to it which I am not to enthused about. Using the ss moniker is not the golden ticket to sales.

What it is ........ whatever GM wants it to be, apparently they are happy.
What it is not ........ being considered for my garage.

I usally do not purchase a first year new model vehicle.
At least, if this is the first of several itterations, then the decision to patiently wait is easy.
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I look at the car as a nice little import. I'd rather Holden could sell its cars in the US under their own dealer network, but I don't care about the emblems. I'm not a Chevy guy, or even a GM guy. I like the way it looks. All I care about now is how the car feels behind the wheel. If GM wants to call it an SS I guess is as good a name as any to stick on a car they didn't design or build.
 

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I like this car alot the 3 problems i have is 1. wanted new lt1 2. what year to get. 3. the plastic front bumper. Other than that I love it. I couldn't buy a g8 new and was close many times to buy a used one (wifey). This will be my new g8 and I can't wait. Also I do not and never wanted this to be an awd/manual vehicle this car is what i want and need.
 

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Also I do not and never wanted this to be an awd/manual vehicle this car is what i want and need.

Uhhh.... that's why they are called OPTIONS.
According to your sig, you drive a AWD 5.9L every day.
Did it ever occur to you people may want to drive the SS Sedan every day and they also would like the OPTION of all wheel drive.] ????
Are you saying you want to deny people the OPTION of all wheel drive ???

I'm glad at least one person (you) is happy with the ancient slushbox automatic. Good for you. :)
But, the G8 was offered with a manual OPTION and the SS should have had it as well.
 

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I'm starting to lean towards auto myself. Though not having a manual option from the outset does seem odd to me. Manual driving looks to becoming a lost art.
 

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Just to let you know my awd is a SUV. I love autos, especially with a stall.
Educate yourself on dual clutch transmissions
Stall converters are ancient tech that should be, and will be, retired.
If not across the board, then definitely in performance cars.
 

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Good article. I actually remember watching on Top Gear about how Jeremy complains the DCTs on exotic cars are miserable in the city because first gear is jerky and boggy as ****.
 
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