2014 Chevrolet SS might receive manual, supercharged variants

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 12, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet SS is powered by a 415-hp LS3 V-8 and six-speed automatic as standard but for those who want more, there may be other variants depending on how well the existing model sells. In an interview with Automotive, Chevrolet Performance Cars marketing manager John Fitzpatrick said that there could be a model equipped with a manual transmission.

There may even be a supercharged engine. The Pontiac G8, which is the SS’ predecessor last sold in the U.S., failed to meet the projected 20,000-30,000 units a year.

As a result, the SS now has a lower sales target of 3000 units a year. If sales of the single automatic/LS3 configuration exceed expectations, versions like a supercharged model and a manual transmission option may be brought over from Australia to the U.S.

A decision was made to initially offer a single configuration for the Chevrolet SS in order to raise profits and make it simpler. The SS has the same size as the Impala but its rear-drive configuration and V-8 power as well as its much higher overall price give it a much more focused, niche appeal than the Impala with its mass-market reputation.

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