The Chevrolet SS is imported from Australia, a five-passenger rear-wheel-drive sport sedan powered by a big V-8 engine. This model represents Chevrolet’s first performance sedan since 1996, joining the Corvette and Camaro in Chevy’s performance arsenal. Pricing for the new model begins at $44,470; the Chevrolet SS is sold in one trim level.
Based on the Holden VF Commodore, the SS incorporates a Chevrolet face that is flanked by HID headlamps. This sedan features daytime running lights; a long, aluminum hood; a muscular stance; a tapered rear deck and wrap around tail lamps. Bright, dual exhaust tips are standard. Every model is outfitted with 19-inch polished aluminum alloy wheels that are set within summer tires.
Inside, the driver and front passenger are provided with 10-way power adjustable sport bucket seats; a bench seat offers room for three in the rear. Leather seating is standard with the Chevrolet SS.
The Chevrolet SS features an in-dash touch screen that supports the brand’s infotainment and navigation systems. Also included are a nine-speaker, 220-watt Bose sound system, dual zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, leather treatment on the steering wheel and shift knob, remote start, keyless entry, a driver information system and head-up display.
Engine and Transmission
Power for the Chevrolet SS is derived from a 6.2-liter, 16-valve V-8 engine that makes 415 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 415 foot-pounds of torque at 4,600 rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with tap shift capabilities.
The SS’ LS3 engine has a 10.7-to-1 compression ratio and measures 4.06 inches bore by 3.62 inches stroke. Premium grade gasoline is recommended, but it is not required.
Performance and Handling
The Chevrolet SS travels from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds. It features a sport-tuned chassis with MacPherson strut front and multiline rear suspension. It comes with a sport-tuned electronic power steering system, front Brembo brakes, high-performance Bridgestone tires and forged aluminum wheels.
Like the BMW 5-Series, one of its competitors, the Chevrolet SS claims a near even 50/50 weight distribution. Other competitors include the Ford Taurus SHO and the Dodge Charger.
Chevrolet SS Specifications
Built in Elizabeth, South Australia, the 2014 Chevrolet SS sits on a 114.8-inch wheelbase and is 195.5 inches long by 74.7 inches wide by 57.9 inches tall. This vehicle weighs from 3,975 pounds and has a front track of 62.6 inches and a rear track of 62.4 inches.
Headroom measures 38.7 inches up front and 37.5 inches in the rear. Legroom comes in at 42.3 inches in the first row to 39.7 inches in the second row. Shoulder room measures 59.1 inches up front to 59 inches in the back. Hip room is 57.2 inches in the first row and 58 inches in the second row.
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Safety Features and Warranties
Numerous safety features are included with the Chevrolet SS. This sedan comes with forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, lane departure warning, traction control, stability control and eight airbags. A rear vision camera displays its picture on the front center stack’s screen. OnStar, GM’s road assistance and security system, is included.
This sedan also makes use of electronic brake-force distribution to optimize control of the rear brake pressure across all road surfaces and while operating under all vehicle loading conditions. In addition, it is supplemented by electronic brake assist to sense how hard and fast a driver hits the brake pedal, responding by providing extra braking assistance, as needed.
Every Chevrolet SS model is covered by a three-year or 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. The powertrain is covered for five years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. A rust protection warranty is for six years or 100,000 miles.
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