Chevrolet’s 2014 SS Sedan starts at a tempting $44,470

Chevrolet officially announced that the all-new much-anticipated 2014 SS Sedan starts at a pretty tempting $44,470. Tempting, because the 2014 SS sedan is essentially a revived Pontiac G8 sedan, as both models are based on the recent Holden Commodores from Australia. And I’m sure most of us know how surprisingly good the G8 was. So this has to be, at bare minimum, just as good and if not better.

Additionally, the 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan is the company’s first bonafide rear-wheel drive sports sedan since the new millenium. The last one was the 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, which sported the Corvette’s 5.7L V8 and heavy duty upgrades in the package of the Chevrolet Caprice.

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Now, the new SS sedan, which isn’t exactly an Impala, is powered by a 6.2L LS3 V8 good for 415hp and 415 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60 time of five seconds. Channeling that power to the rear-wheels is a six-speed automatic transmission, with no choice of a manual (WHY GM, WHY?). Either they don’t see potential in the market, or they’re just holding out on us, because the future is never set in stone. Perhaps if we all shout out loud enough, they could always add the option.

And that’s because on paper, the 2014 Chevrolet SS is shaping up to be the four-door Camaro that a fair amount of us have been lusting and dreaming after for years. This is one of Chevrolet’s biggest redemptions in the car enthusiast world as the potential that could come from this model can be significant. Sporting a 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity, it’s a potential phoenix from the flames. So give it a manual GM!

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

DETROIT – The suggested retail price for the 2014 Chevrolet SS sports sedan is $44,470, including a $995 destination charge, Chevrolet announced today. Title and license fees are extra. The SS goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The U.S.-exclusive SS – Chevrolet’s first rear-drive performance sedan since 1996 – comes well-equipped in only one model, with a power-operated sunroof ($900) and full-size spare tire ($500) as the only options.

“The all-new SS is engineered for performance enthusiasts who’ve been clamoring for a rear-wheel-drive sedan,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Adding the SS to the lineup further solidifies Chevrolet’s position as America’s best-selling performance-car brand that also includes the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray and Camaro Z/28.”
Standard equipment includes:

High intensity discharge headlamps with Light emitting diode daytime running lamps
Automatic Parking Assist
Chevrolet MyLink with a color touch screen and GPS-based navigation system
Bose® premium audio system – including SiriusXM radio (with 12-month trial)
Color head-up display and color driver information center
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Alloy pedal covers
Heated and ventilated front seats with memory
Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Departure Warning
Rear-vision camera with rear park assist
Keyless access and push-button start.
The LS3 6.2L small-block V-8 powers the SS, is SAE certified at 415 horsepower (310 kW) and 415 lb-ft of torque (563 Nm), which helps it sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds. It is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

The rear axle has an aggressive 3.27 ratio that enhances the feeling of acceleration. Additional chassis and suspension features include:

MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear suspension geometry
Electronic power steering system, optimized for sport driving
Standard Brembo front brakes, with ventilated, 14-inch (355-mm) two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers
Forged aluminum wheels, wrapped in ultra-high-performance Bridgestone tires: 19 x 8.5-inch wheels with 245/40ZR19 tires in front; 19 x 9-inch wheels with 275/35ZR19 tires at the rear.
Handling is also optimized with a nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity – attributes made possible in part by the aluminum hood and rear deck lid that are 30 percent lighter than traditional steel panels.

The SS will be available in five exterior colors – Mystic Green, Silver Ice Metallic, Red Hot 2, Phantom Black Metallic and Heron White. All interiors will be Jet Black and feature sport front bucket seats.

The SS will be subject to the gas guzzler tax. Pricing information will be updated when the charge is determined.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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– By: Chris Chin


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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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