2014 Chevrolet SS might receive manual, supercharged variants

Article by Christian A., 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.

The SS's beauty combines performance elements and superior features. Alternated front and rear wheels that push out to the edges improve the sporty, strong posture of the SS. In the front, the aluminium bonnet has a restrained "power bulge" that hints at the ability of the engine within.

In the back, the narrowing, teardrop form adds to enhance the streamlined performance. Premium elements include jewelled chrome accents, high-intensity discharge headlights as standard, and LED daytime running lights.

Down the automobile's sides, a character outline reaches from the bonnet to the trunk lid, assisting the creation of a traditional wedge form by further highlighting the fixed look and brawny sheet metal. The automobile narrows at the back, with the C-pillar rolling into the deck lid - a design element found in other Chevy sedans.

Vivid twin-exhaust tips create an exclamation mark on the rear’s design, while producing the guttural note enthusiasts of high performance anticipate from their automobiles.

The Chevy SS comes in five exterior colours: Silver Ice Metallic, Red Hot 2, Phantom Black, Heron White, and Mystic Green Metallic.

Luxurious, roomy interior

The spacious cabin of the SS will happily seat five adults, with 42.3” front (1,074 mm) and 39.7” (1,008 mm) rear legroom. Leather seats come standard, as do adjustable eight-way power front bucket seats with added bolstering that enfold the driver and front passenger during tight handling.

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