Chevrolet officially announced today that it will launch a V8 powered, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in the United States and that the new of the new car will be Chevrolet SS. The SS will also make its debut as the next NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar and will hit the racetrack at the 2013 Daytona 500.
The Chevrolet SS will hit the showrooms in late 2013 as a 2014 model and according to the press release it will be first rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the United States since 1995. The SS designation made its debut back in 1957 on a Corvette prototype race car built under the guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov with the plan to enter it in the Le Mans 24-hour race.
After this, the first production vehicle offered with an SS option was the 1961 Impala and Chevrolet built 453 units, each featuring performance upgrades which included a modified chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering column mounted tachometer and unique wheels and tires. The latest model featuring the SS bagde was the fifth-generation Camaro. The new SS will be a derivative of the rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden's upcoming VF Commodore.
The SS's stunning appearance combines performance cues and prime details. Staggered wheels at the back and front, which are prominently seen at the corners, improve the athletic, masculine look of the SS. At the front, the aluminum hood presents a slight "power bulge" that gives a hint at the engine's capacity under it.
The tapered, tear-drop shape at the back adds to the enhanced aerodynamic performance. Prime cues are the standard high-intensity discharge headlamps, jewel-like chrome accents, and LED daytime running lamps.
At the vehicle's sides, a character line stretches from the hood to the lid of the trunk, contributing to a signature wedge shape by making a prominent planted appearance and masculine sheet metal. The car tapers at the back, with the C-pillar extending into the lid of the deck - a style which can also be seen in other Chevy models.
Loud dual-exhaust tips make the rear design undeniably stunning, while providing the throaty note performance fans expect from the car.
The SS is available in five different colors: Heron White, Red Hot 2, Mystic Green Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, and Phantom Black.
Premium, spacious interior
The interior of the SS is huge and can seat five people, with 42.3 inches of legroom at the front (1,074 mm) and 39.7 inches (1,008 mm) of legroom at the back. Typical Chevy seating surfaces are also installed, as well as eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats that come with side bolstering that embraces the driver and front passenger in tight-handling instances.