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Old 02-15-2013, 11:10 PM   #1
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GM Reveals 2014 Chevrolet SS

2014 Chevrolet SS: Performance Sedan with Racing DNA
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February 16, 2013


DAYTONA, Fla. – As Chevrolet’s first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since 1996, the new Chevrolet SS is designed to deliver performance on the street and on the track. The 2014 Chevrolet SS will debut this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway as the SS racecar makes its NASCAR debut during the Daytona 500.

“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,” said Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America. “The all-new Chevrolet SS fills that void and fills it better than any other vehicle in the brand’s rich history. The comfort, convenience, spaciousness and V-8 power make the SS a total performance package unlike any other on the road today.”

The Chevrolet SS benefits from the proven, race-tested, global rear-wheel drive architecture that is the foundation for the Camaro, Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle and Holden’s VF Commodore.

The Chevrolet SS is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, expected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Also used in the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette, the LS3 displaces 6.2 liters, more than the 5.5-liter V-8 powering the Chevrolet SS NASCAR competitors.

The LS3 is married to a six-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. With an aggressive 3.27 final-drive ratio, the Chevrolet SS accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds – making it one of the quickest sedans on the market.

To ensure that it turns and stops as well as it accelerates; the Chevrolet SS also features a sport-tuned chassis, including:

  • MacPherson strut front and multilink independent rear suspension geometry
  • Electronic power steering system, optimized for sport driving
  • Standard Brembo brakes, with ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers
  • Forged aluminum wheels, wrapped in ultra-high-performance Bridgestone tires: 19 x 8.5 inch wheels with 245/40ZR19 tires in front; 19 x 9.0 inch wheels with 275/35ZR19 tires rear


Handling is also improved by a near 50/50 weight distribution, and a low center of gravity – made possible in part by the aluminum hood and rear deck lid that are 30 percent lighter than traditional steel panels.

“Our goal was to create a car that delivers incredible grip and handling balance while cornering, while still being comfortable to drive on the road,” said David Leone, executive chief engineer GM global programs. “The perfect weight balance and lower center of gravity were a big part of that goal because it enabled the team to tune for a more comfortable highway ride without sacrificing handling or driver confidence while cornering at the limits.”

Similarly, the design of the SS blends performance cues and premium details.

“From every angle, the Chevrolet SS says power and performance,” said John Cafaro design director Chevrolet passenger cars and small crossovers. “The combination of an aggressive rear-wheel drive stance and body-side attitude with the right balance of detail and refinement inside and out are the perfect home for Chevrolet’s V-8 performance package.”

The staggered front and rear wheels, which are pushed out to the corners, enhance the sporting, muscular stance of the SS. Up front, the aluminum hood features a subtle “power bulge” hinting at the power of the engine underneath. At the rear, the tapered, tear-drop shape contributes to improved aerodynamic performance. Premium cues include jewel-like chrome accents, standard high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode daytime running lights.

The spacious interior of the SS will comfortably accommodate five adults, with 42 inches of front legroom, and 39 inches of rear legroom. Leather seating surfaces are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The SS emblem is prominently stitched onto the soft-touch instrument panel which features two types of chrome finishes – a satin gloss and a bright chrome. At night, the interior is illuminated by ice blue ambient lighting.

An integrated center stack includes infotainment, climate and other vehicle controls. The Chevrolet SS also offers a long list of technology features as standard equipment including:

  • Color, in-dashboard touch screen that supports Chevrolet MyLink and the next-generation navigation system
  • BoseŽ Nine-speaker premium sound system
  • Color heads-up display
  • Push-button start
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear-vision camera Rear Cross Traffic Alert


The SS is also the first Chevrolet to offer Automatic Parking Assist, which provides hands-free parking help. This efficient ‘hands-free’ parking assistant uses the ultrasonic sensing system to detect the width and depth of either parallel or reverse right-angle parking spaces. While the driver controls the throttle, transmission, and brake, the Automatic Parking Assist controls the steering inputs necessary to neatly park the Chevrolet SS.

The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013, with prices set closer to the on-sale date. When it arrives in showrooms, the SS will join the Corvette and Camaro, whose combined sales have made Chevrolet America’s favorite performance brand for the last two years.

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Old 02-16-2013, 12:21 AM   #2
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Cool car. Interior looks good. I wish the front fascia was a bit more aggresive... IMO a little on the bland side particularly the top half (bumper to top of grille; reminds me of a blend of Sonata Hybrid with the 9th gen Corolla fascia) but still not too bad.

Spec Sheet here: http://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam...S_HeroCard.pdf
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:58 AM   #3
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Cool car. Interior looks good. I wish the front fascia was a bit more aggresive... IMO a little on the bland side particularly the top half (bumper to top of grille; reminds me of a blend of Sonata Hybrid with the 9th gen Corolla fascia) but still not too bad.

Spec Sheet here: http://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam...S_HeroCard.pdf
I agree. The Impala looks more aggressive. Make this car look more like the Impala. It's the grille/bumper area that's killing it for me. That black bumper looks out of place. Maybe with a different lower grille that ditches that ugly bumper or adds a body colored bumper...
Other than that, I think this car rocks!
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:19 AM   #4
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Interior looks good, but the exterior is still a bit too bland, better than the VF. And sorry not offering a manual is a mistake, even if they don't build too many, there are many who want a sedan that's fast and comes in stick.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:02 AM   #5
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I never thought putting a badge (SS) on a car as a nameplate (SS) was a good idea. I hoped until the very end that they would give us a name for this car. In 1966, the Camaro had been called Panther up until the SEPAW press conference, where they called it a Camaro. They could have revived any sedan nameplate and made this interesting, even if the past life of that nameplate was less than stellar. Other brands have done similarly, and those cars got a new existence based on current design.

The appearance is good. It looks a lot like a Malibu that hit the gym. It certainly looks like a Chevy, but it doesn't have the extreme uniqueness I would like to see from a brand that has such excellent designers. Don't get me wrong. The car is good, but tell me it looks as good as that Corvette and that Camaro above. I'd say you're lying.

The best part of this car is the price for GM to build. It's virtually free since previous and current models using this platform make this low-production vehicle rare. As a result, it's really a profit booster, and it gives GM dealers a new car to pump. Price will become an issue for many as dealers won't give up their markup, and the car will probably never have incentives with such low production numbers.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:21 AM   #6
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Don't get me wrong. The car is good, but tell me it looks as good as that Corvette and that Camaro above. I'd say you're lying.
It's interesting you mention that picture because that is what really made me think twice about really wanting the car. Some of the press photos look great but the picture of the three together really makes the SS look bland and not really all that exciting. I was hoping it would look a littler "sharper" or just a little more "fresh." The front seems to make it already look dated.
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I think we need to wait and see the car in different colors. Silver is usually chosen because it shows off the lines of a car very well, but these pictures are really kinda bad...
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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As you can see here, there's actually a lot of sculpting in the front end and hood. The SS photos are practically washed out.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:39 AM   #9
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If I hear one more person complain about the lack of AWD in this car, I'm going to throw a driveshaft at their face.
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If I hear one more person complain about the lack of AWD in this car, I'm going to throw a driveshaft at their face.
...or a ring & pinion! :madgrin:
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If I hear one more person complain about the lack of AWD in this car, I'm going to throw a driveshaft at their face.
Can we still complain about the lack of a manual and LT1 for a little longer?
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The seats look awesome, the steering wheel does but the leather doesn't appear well, it looks like it was stretched to stitch.
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If I hear one more person complain about the lack of AWD in this car, I'm going to throw a driveshaft at their face.
Whoa—hold on a second. It doesn't have AWD. I'm really disappointed.


I want to point out that my disappointment with the vehicle is limited to calling it the SS. Chevrolet has too many great names lying around to calling this a trim level that applies to various platforms. Otherwise, I'm very happy with the interior and general design. It is a pretty vehicle. I'm still more of Camaro guy.
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The lack of differentiation between the Chevy SS and the Holden SS-V is disappointing.
Change the badges on the front grill, deck lid, and steering wheel and you're done.

For crying out loud, they could at least give it different front and rear clips.
That's a real shame and a design failure.

Also, whoever decided to name a car SS should be punched in the face.
Like The_Blur said, with so many great names laying around unused, that's a slap in the face.

All that said, the car does look good.
Albeit it's a pretty safe design, it should be more aggressive IMHO.

I'm sure it's a quality built and great driving cars, as the Commodores (and G8) before it.
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I think we need to wait and see the car in different colors. Silver is usually chosen because it shows off the lines of a car very well, but these pictures are really kinda bad...
The Chevrolet SS spec sheet "Hero Card" shows five available exterior colors:

Red Hot 2 (I wasn't aware there had been a Red Hot 1)
Phantom Black
Silver Ice (what all the promo photos are of)
Mystic Green
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This would have been a very successful product if it came out 5 years ago. IMHO, it seems that Chevy forgot that the sport sedan market has recently blown through the roof and unfortunately this just comes across as another run of the mill sport sedan with nothing "special" about it. Having stated my opinion, Chevy seems to have set themselves up for at best, a mediocre achievement.
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