Some of Chevy’s biggest news for the year is its brand new model..the SS. Furthermore – the SS is the first rear-wheel-drive sedan offered by Chevrolet in 17 years. It is powered by a V-8-and will fit perfectly into the sports sedan category. The SS was unveiled with great fanfare – and introduced for the first time at the Daytona International Speedway as the pace car for the NASCAR season opener.
Sporty rear-wheel-drive vehicles were key in shaping Chevrolet’s brand identity in earlier years, so it is only fitting for them to finally come back to that identity, only this time it’s with a modern twist.
Chevrolet’s 6.2-liter V8 engine, the same one used in the outgoing Corvette, is responsible for the SS power and has been quoted by Chevy to put out 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 mph time estimates come in at about five seconds. A 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters will be the only option.
The SS is packed with features you would expect in a sport car – including a MacPherson suspension up front and a multi-link setup in back. Chevrolet claims a near 50/50 weight distribution, a claim all-too-often reserved for luxury sportscars like BMW. The Chevrolet SS rides on 19-inch alloy wheels and big Brembo brakes.
Inside the SS will not fall short of modern technologies and features. Standard leather upholstery with an eight-way power driver’s seat, air conditioning, color display screen, color head-up display, and a 9-speaker Bose audio system are just a few of the goodies.
We spoke to the folks at our local PA car dealership, Klick Lewis Chevy, and learned that if you want the SS you will have a wait a little while longer – it will go on sale the fourth quarter of 2013. According to Chevy the SS will retail for $44,470, including $995 destination.