Chevrolet is developing a new model that will soon be used by its NASCAR teams. The "Impala" will be dropped at the end of the NASCAR season for a new nameplate. This is possibly the vehicle that former GM product czar Bob Lutz had mentioned a few years ago. Another news tidbit that had caught fans’ attention was the suggestion that the race car will closely resemble the production version.
Chevrolet has also said that it won’t have the Malibu, Spark or Sonic badge and that it will have a new nameplate. Chevy won’t confirm if it will revive any of its nameplates though.
Lutz said years ago that Chevrolet had to have a rear-wheel drive performance sedan to attract buyers to the brand. Back then, Lutz was vice chairman for product development at General Motors. What he described seemed to be a type of spiritual successor to the 1994-1996 Impala SS, says Autonews. That car was distinguished by the Corvette V-8 powering it.
Credit for this highly collectible car goes to Jim Perkins, the former head of Chevrolet. Lutz said that Holden will develop this new generation Impala SS based on the subsidiary's rear-wheel drive architecture.
In 2009, Pontiac had a version named the G8 GTP, which was powered by a 402-hp 6.2-liter V-8. Chevy didn’t get one but that’s probably due to GM’s bankruptcy. In 2011, Chevy showed the Caprice, a V-8-powered sedan from Holden that’s targeted at law enforcement agencies. A demand then resulted for the U.S. civilian version of the Caprice.
Chevrolet’s new SS is its first V-8, RWD or rear-wheel-drive performance sedan model since 1996. It was designed to deliver superior performance on the track and on the street. The Chevrolet SS joins the revamped 2014 Camaro and the new 2014 Corvette Stingray in broadening America's favorite performance brand.
The new Chevrolet SS has benefited from the race-tested and proven global rear-wheel-drive architecture that served as foundation for the Camaro, the Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle, as well as Holden's VF Commodore.
This new sedan is powered by the LS3 V-8 engine, which delivers an SAE-certified 415 hp and a torque of 415 lb.-ft. This engine is matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission that you can shift manually using TAPshift paddles that are mounted on the steering wheel.
Moreover, the car’s good looks are a combination of premium details and performance cues. The staggered wheels at the front and the rear are pushed out to their corners, therefore enhancing the car’s sporting, muscular stance.
Up front, the car’s aluminum hood showcases a subtle "power bulge" that hints at the engine’s capability underneath. The tapered, tear-drop shape of the rear, on the other hand, contributes to the car’s improved aerodynamic performance. The premium cues here include the high-intensity discharge headlamps, the jewel-like chrome accents, and the LED daytime running lights.
Meanwhile, the car’s sides boast a character line that extends from its hood to its trunk lid. This helps create a classic wedge form by accentuating further the planted look and the muscular sheet metal. The SS tapers at the rear part, with its C-pillar flowing into its deck lid. This particular design cue is something the SS shares with other Chevrolet sedans.