|Chevrolet will debut the race-spec 2014 Chevrolet SS at the NASCAR Daytona 500 this weekend. The Chevrolet SS V8, rear-wheel drive four-door is the ‘Bowtie’ marque’s first performance sedan since 1996.|
Chevrolet SS continues from Camaro, Holden VF Commodore legacies
Based on the platforms of the Camaro, Caprice Patrol car and Holden’s VF Commodore, the SS has been race-tested and is derived from a rear-wheel drive architecture. The performance sedan’s exterior motif blends performance cues and premium details, thanks to the combination of an aggressive rear-wheel drive stance and body-side attitude with the right balance of detail and refinement inside and out.
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 headlights and LED daytime running lights. Completing the exterior are; forged aluminum 19″ wheels, along with 245/40ZR19 front tyres and 275/35ZR19 rear tyres.
Interior-wise, the SS fits five adults comfortably, 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, various vehicle controls and a list of technology features such as; color in-dashboard touch screen, Bose 9-speaker premium sound system, color heads-up display and Push-button start.
The Chevrolet SS is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet 6.2 liters V8 powerplant that’s mated to a six-speed auto transmission, expected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, Nascar racecars carry a 5.5-liter V8 powerplant. The SS’ gearbox can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering. With an aggressive 3.27 final-drive ratio, the Chevrolet SS accelerates from 0 – 60 mph in about 5 seconds.
To ensure that the SS turns and stops as well as it accelerates; the performance sedan’s sport-tuned chassis incorporates; front MacPherson struts and rear multilink independent suspension geometry; an electronic power steering system, optimized for sport driving; and Brembo brakes, with ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers. 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.
Safety equipment on the Chevrolet SS consist of the StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, rear-vision camera, rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic Parking Assist. The SS is also the first Chevrolet to offer Automatic Parking Assist, which provides hands-free parking assistance.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013, with prices set closer to the on-sale date.