It’s been teased for more than a year, and anticipation was running high for the new Chevrolet SS sedan. GM could barely contain itself, with Holden pulling the sheets off the next-generation VF Commodore just days before the officially-scheduled reveal of the Chevrolet SS. Aside from a few minor details, the Aussie sedan turned out to be a dead ringer for its Yank cousin. In addition to the early reveal of its down-under counterpart, the Sprint Cup car preceded the production reveal, and Danica Patrick got pole position for the Daytona 500 driving, naturally, a Chevrolet SS. Topping the SS-related festivities for Daytona is GM North America chief Mark Reuss being the honorary pace car driver for the 2013 Daytona 500.

The 2014 Chevrolet SS represents the bowtie brand’s first rear-drive, V-8-powered performance sedan since the discontinuation of the 1996 Impala SS. The model is a non-consecutive continuation of the performance tradition started by the Pontiac G8 GXP, which shared the same 415-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 with the SS. Unlike the G8 GXP, however, the SS will initially be offered only with a six-speed automatic. Until its official debut, some believed the sedan would share the C7 Corvette’s direct-injected LT1 engine, which may eventually be offered as the fifth-generation small block migrates throughout GM’s global lineup.

Like the G8 was, the SS is made at Holden’s plant in Elizabeth, South Australia. Reuss has an added connection to the SS, as he served as director of GM’s Australian operations when the G8 was added to Pontiac’s U.S. lineup.

Source: General Motors

By Edward A. Sanchez