New & Used Chevrolet SS: In Depth
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Chevrolet is back in the rear-wheel-drive sedan business as of 2014 with the arrival of the SS, a four-door with a compelling history and an attractive list of specifications.
It's been nearly two decades since Chevy had a rear-drive sedan in its showrooms, and it's acquiring this one almost by chance. The Chevy SS is a lightly reworked version of the Australian-market Commodore sedan--which just a few years ago was sold by GM here in the U.S. as the Pontiac G8. When Pontiac was shuttered, it was transplanted into the Chevy lineup in a more discreet way--as the Caprice PPV, a vehicle sold specifically for fleet use, primarily for police and other law enforcement.MORE: See our 2014 Chevrolet SS preview
With its return to the mainstream, the car gets the SS badge, but it still will be a relatively rare sight on the roads. The four-door companion piece to the Camaro coupe will be sold in limited volumes, as a halo car for a sedan lineup that now includes the Sonic, the Cruze, the Malibu, and Impala.
The SS looks the part of a classic rear-drive sedan. It's still a handsome shape, years after its first introduction, with a light upkick to its tail and squat muscle-car proportions. The cockpit gets the most updates, with blue interior lighting and other new surfaces and features to bring it up to a more modern pace.
For its launch late in 2013, the Chevy SS will sport a single drivetrain. GM's 415-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 will be the only source of power, and a six-speed automatic will be the only transmission available. The Camaro-like power supply sends its output to the rear wheels here too, and GM thinks the SS will run to 60 mph in about 5.0 seconds.
The heavy emphasis on performance will extend to the Chevy SS' ride and handling. With ideal 50/50 weight distribution and a multi-link rear suspension, the SS will also ride on Z-rated tires covering Brembo brakes; steering-wheel shift paddles will be included, too.On the safety front, each Chevy SS will include eight airbags as standard equipment, with a pair of knee airbags for front passengers. Standard equipment will also feature a rearview camera, lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, and blind-spot monitors.
Leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated-and-ventilated front seats, keyless access, push-button start, remote start, a head-up display, and 220-watt Bose audio are all included. So is Chevrolet MyLink, which has an eight-inch color touch screen and can help manage hands-free conversations, media, and infotainment apps through a connected smartphone.
The $44,470 Chevrolet SS hits showrooms late this year as a 2014 model.