- Six-speed manual transmission now available
- Rear-wheel drive sedan with an LS3 V-8 under the hood
- Accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds
Though it looks like a family sedan from the outside, the 2015 Chevrolet SS is harboring a secret under the hood – a 415-hp secret.
The SS is based on a car that GM already produces, the Holden VF Commodore which is sold in Australia.
There is something uniquely appealing about watching (or driving) a vehicle perform tasks it would not seem suited to and the Chevy SS would fall into this category. Most four-door saloon cars aren’t burnout machines, but the SS combines family friendly proportions with high-performance credentials.
From the outside, the SS offers smooth sheetmetal and a tight version of Chevy’s corporate grille atop a large front air intake. At each corner you’ll find 19-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in summer tires, with an offset tire setup that is wider at the rear for added traction. An aluminum hood and trunk lid help to save weight. LED daytime running lights, HID headlights, heated side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are standard.
Under the hood, Chevy planted an LS3 V-8 which is also found in versions of the Camaro and Corvette. The 6.2-liter V-8 pumps out an impressive 415-hp and a matching 415 pounds-feet of torque. For 2015, a six-speed manual is now available, joining the six-speed automatic. When the time comes for stopping, standard Brembo 4-piston brakes with 14-inch rotors do the job just as well (for the new model year, the rear brakes are now Brembos as well). Also newly standard for 2015 is GM’s Magnetic Ride Conrol adaptive suspension, which offers three unique driving modes.
The SS also offers plenty of standard interior equipment, with creature comforts and advanced technology all around the cabin. 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. Like many of GM’s other vehicles, the SS also adds Wi-Fi hotspot capability through OnStar for 2015 via a 4G connection. A three-month/3GB trial subscription is included in the purchase of a new SS.
On the safety side, there is an equally long list of standard features as well. Beyond the expected antilock brakes, electronic stability system, and eight airbags, there’s also forward collision alerts, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, blind spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alerts all 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.