- New model for 2014
- Rear-wheel drive, V-8 power
- Accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds
Chevrolet introduces a brand new model, the SS, for 2014 bringing back the V-8 powered sports sedan to GMs stable.
The American SS is based on a car that GM already produces, the Holden VF Commodore which is sold in Australia. We should borrow more stuff from the Aussies – the SS is the first rear-wheel drive sedan offered by Chevrolet in many years and this one comes with a tire-shredding V-8 to boot.
From the outside, there isn’t much to hint at the SS’ sport nature. It actually looks rather composed for a car with over 400-horsepower under the hood, with smooth sheetmetal and a tight version of Chevy’s corporate grille atop a large front air intake. 19-inch wheels come standard and are wider at the rear for added traction. An aluminum hood and trunk lid help to save weight. LED daytime running lights and HID headlights are also standard.
Under the hood, Chevy went with a tried and true engine, the “LS3,” which is also found in versions of the Camaro and Corvette. The 6.2-liter V-8 pumps out an impressive 415-horsepower and a matching 415 pounds-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission, which means there is plenty of “go” in the SS. When the time comes for stopping, standard Brembo 4-piston brakes with 14-inch rotors do the job just as well. Fuel economy figures are 14/21 mpg city/highway, but you’re not buying an SS to save money gas anyway.
The SS also offers plenty of standard interior equipment, including plenty of creature comforts and advanced technology. Leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 10-way powered front seats that are heated and ventilated are standard. On the tech side, a head-up display, Bose stereo, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and Chevy’s MyLink system with navigation are also standard.
There is an equally long list of standard safety features as well. The Chevy SS gets the expected antilock brakes, electronic stability system, and eight airbags, but also adds plenty of the latest safety technology. Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, a rear view camera, blind spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alerts all come standard. And the SS also gets 6-months free of GM’s OnStar safety suite which comes with automatic crash response, crisis assist, and stolen vehicle assistance.