2014 CHEVROLET SS: 415-HORSEPOWER ROCKET
Chevrolet has finally revealed the much-anticipated SS. As the company's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since 1996, the new SS is designed to deliver performance on the street and on the track.Think of it as a Corvette or Camaro with four doors because thanks to the high output of the car, that's essentially what it is.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 new 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 mated to a 6-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. Unfortunately for us, Chevy won't be offering a manual gearbox for the U.S. 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, electronic power steering system, optimized for sport driving, standard Brembo brakes, with ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers and 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. It features a 50/50 weight distribution, and a low center of gravity, thanks partle to the aluminum hood and rear deck lid that are 30 percent lighter than traditional steel panels.
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.