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

Article by Christian A., 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.

The main reason why the Chevrolet SS is able to have that sought-after appeal is owed to a combination of premium details and performance cues. With both the front wheels and the rear wheels being positioned more on the outside, this allowed its muscular and athletic stance to be highlighted. On the rear, the narrow and tear-drop form help enhance the aerodynamic performance of the SS. Making a significant impact on this section are the bright dual-exhaust tips which bring with it the magnificent sound that customers expect with the SS.

On the front the aluminum hood has a slight “power bulge” which provides a clue as to what the engine’s capability truly is. There are also a number of premium cues on the front like the LED daytime running lights, chrome accents that have the appearance of looking like jewels, and the HID headlamps. Looking at the side, one is likely to observe a character line which begins at the hood and goes all the way to the trunk lid.

This same line helps for that classic wedge shape and highlights further the muscular sheet metal and planted appearance. As the vehicle starts to narrow towards the rear, one can easily see that C-pillar flowing towards the deck lid. This is expected given that this is a design cue that many sedans from Chevrolet have.

A total of five colors will be made available for the exterior of the SS which are Mystic Green Metallic, Red Hot 2, Silver Ice Metallic, Heron White, and Phantom Black. While the exterior is truly exceptional, the interior is just as remarkable. Equipped as standard are the seating surfaces in leather with the front bucket seats allowing of 8-way power adjustability.

By having side bolstering, both the driver and the passenger in the front are protected especially during tight-handling conditions. In terms of space, a total of five adults can sit inside the SS in comfort. This is due to the front legroom offering 42.3 inches (1,074 mm) of space with the rear legroom allowing for space of 39.7 inches (1,008 mm).

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