The wait is over! Chevy has taken the wraps off the 2014 Chevy SS, which will debut this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway as the SS racecar makes its NASCAR debut during the Daytona 500. The Chevy SS borrows the Camaro's platform and marks the Chevy's first V8 rear-wheel-drive sedan since 1996.
"The Chevrolet brand was largely built on the strength of rear-drive performance sedans, yet it's been 17 years since we've offered one," said Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America. "The all-new Chevrolet SS fills that void and fills it better than any other vehicle in the brand's rich history. The comfort, convenience, spaciousness and V-8 power make the SS a total performance package unlike any other on the road today."
The 2014 Chevy SS is powered by the a 6.2L LS3 V-8, expected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. The LS3 is mated to a six-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 Chevy SS accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds.
The Chevy SS also features a near 50/50 weight distribution and gets a a sport-tuned chassis, including: MacPherson strut front and multilink independent rear suspension geometry; electronic power steering system, optimized for sport driving; standard Brembo brakes, with ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers; forged 19-inch aluminum wheels, wrapped in ultra-high-performance Bridgestone tires.
"Our goal was to create a car that delivers incredible grip and handling balance while cornering, while still being comfortable to drive on the road," said David Leone, executive chief engineer GM global programs. "The perfect weight balance and lower center of gravity were a big part of that goal because it enabled the team to tune for a more comfortable highway ride without sacrificing handling or driver confidence while cornering at the limits."
The SS is also the first Chevy to offer Automatic Parking Assist, which provides hands-free parking help. The parking assist system uses the ultrasonic sensing system to detect the width and depth of either parallel or reverse right-angle parking spaces. While the driver controls the throttle, transmission, and brake, the Automatic Parking Assist controls the steering inputs necessary to neatly park the Chevy SS.
The 2014 Chevy SS will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2013.
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