Mark Reuss drives the 2014 Chevrolet SS pace car at the Daytona 500

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 25, 2013

After all the speculations, the new Chevrolet SS sedan turned out to be nearly identical to Holden’s next-generation VF Commodore after all. The Chevrolet SS had its official unveiling only a few days after the next-generation VF Commodore was presented. Very few minor details distinguish the two models.

The introduction of the Sprint Cup car took place before the production model was unveiled. In addition, Danica Patrick held the pole position and drove a Chevrolet SS for the Daytona 500. In yet another SS-related event, GM North America chief Mark Reuss was named as the honorary pace car driver for the 2013 Daytona 500.

The 2014 Chevrolet SS is the first rear-drive, V-8-powered performance sedan for the brand since it stopped offering the 1996 Impala SS. The vehicle is a non-consecutive successor of the performance tradition that began with the Pontiac G8 GXP, which was powered by the 415-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 that was used on the SS.

The difference with the G8 GXP is that at the start, the SS will be available just with a six-speed automatic. Until the official launch of the sedan, some people thought that it would use the direct-injected LT1 engine that powered the C7 Corvette.

This may later go on sale as the fifth-generation small block is shared and later used across GM’s global lineup. The G8 as well as the SS is produced at Holden’s factory in Elizabeth, South Australia. Incidentally, Reuss has another link to the SS. He had served as the director of GM’s Australian operations when the G8 entered the U.S. lineup of Pontiac.

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