AutomotiveNews has learned that Chevrolet will finally spill the beans on its much-anticipated SS performance sedan, complete in production guise, a week before this year’s Daytona 500. Attendees of the most watched sport in the US of A will be able to catch a full glimpse of the car before the green flag is waved at the Daytona International Speedway’s fan zone on February 16.
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“This is the first time that we’ve done this in decades, where we’re going to introduce a whole new model at a racetrack,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s US vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports at a press conference attended by AN. “We’ve done special editions at racetracks, but many decades since we’ve done this with a whole new model.”
Back in November, GM openly expressed that this car will be a low-volume car and was designed to build excitement about the brand. And of course they have as it has been eons since Chevrolet themselves have produced a bona fide high-performance sedan with serious performance. While there have been a few modern SS interpretations—most notably the last front-wheel driven Impala SS that was essentially an ancient old W-Body with a transverse mounted small-block V8—they still lacked in a variety of very important fields, of which many of the foreign offerings have set the standard for.
The car is said to be sourced from GM of Australia’s parts bin and will arrive on our shores either by the end of this year or as early as next year. That said, it is most likely that this SS performance sedan will utilize GM’s latest global rear-wheel drive architecture, the GM Zeta platform, which underpins a variety of models. In Australia, the current Australian full-size Holden Caprice (which actually comes here as the new Chevrolet Caprice but for law enforcement only) and the Holden Commodore are based on the Zeta platform. The Holden Commodore briefly came here as the Pontiac G8 sedan. And lastly, the Chevrolet Camaro is also based on the Zeta.
- By: Chris Chin