2014 Chevrolet SS, Mazda’s Future on the Latest Wide Open Throttle
This week on Wide Open Throttle, editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie speaks with some of the best and brightest on the Motor Trend staff about the 2014 Chevrolet SS, the future of Mazda and its Miata roadster, as well as SUVs from luxury automakers like Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce.
Joined by Carlos Lago, Scott Mortara, Michael Febbo, and Mike Floyd, MacKenzie starts the conversation off by talking about the Mazda MX-5 Miata Club and Mazdaspeed3, two sporty cars that have competed in recent comparison tests. None of the editors want the Miata to change, as it still stands out in the market, but all welcome the potential partnership between Mazda and Fiat, which could result in an Alfa-Romeo Spyder version of the Miata that Lago affectionately calls “the Fiata.”
Next, the group delves into Chevy’s new rear-drive V-8-powered 2014 SS sedan, which is based on the Aussie Holden VF Commodore. Mortara kicks the discussion off with details and impressions he had of the new SS from the vehicle’s launch in Daytona. Though he didn’t get to drive the SS, Mortara says the car is roomy and sports a high-quality interior. To explain why the SS only has a 415-hp 6.2-liter LS3 and a six-speed automatic transmission, Mortara says it’s because Chevy wants to wait and see how the new performance sedan is received before beginning to offer different transmissions and more power – something that everyone around the table agrees should happen.
The group then finishes with a discussion on high-dollar SUVs like the Aston Martin Lagonda, Bentley EXP 9 F, Lamborghini Urus, and a potential Rolls-Royce crossover, and their place on the market. Check out the latest episode of Wide Open Throttle for yourself below.