At Last! Chevrolet Gives Glimpse of Rear-Drive 2014 SS Sedan in NASCAR Guise
GM has teased us about the 2014 Chevrolet SS rear-drive sedan for months, but now we finally have something significant to chew on in the form of a 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup contender that clearly wears some of the upcoming SS production sedan’s physical traits. The performance-tuned V-8 powered Chevrolet SS will be the first such sedan of its kind in nearly 20 years, and in the SS NASCAR photos below we’ve got our latest sneak peek at what to expect.
GM executives revealed Chevy’s new racer in the Encore Theater at the swanky Wynn Las Vegas. NASCAR’s annual awards and Champion’s Week will be held at the resort this coming weekend. Attendees included GM’s top racing officials, team drivers, NASCAR’s elite, and select industry VIPs.
In racecar form, the SS gets a thunderous small-block V-8 under its hood, sports a new take on Chevrolet’s traditional grille, and has LED indicators and fog lights placed inside of its front intakes. At its rear are a dual exhaust and wraparound tail lights. Chevrolet engineers used identical development methods (CFD models, scale model wind tunnel testing, etc.) with the SS racecar as they did with the production model. It was designed with direct input from Chevrolet Passenger Car Design Director, John Cafaro, as well as Chevrolet’s NASCAR racing teams. The SS will replace the current Impala NASCAR racer.
One new production car powertrain detail emerged at the conference: The SS will be getting a small-block V-8 under its hood, which most likely will be a version of the newly update small-block 6.2-liter V-8 that will power the upcoming C7 Corvette. Expect the engine to make at least 400-horsepower. The new model will ride atop GM’s global Zeta rear-drive platform that currently underpins the Camaro and Holden’s new VF Commodore. It was developed by the same engineering team that fine tuned the Camaro ZL1.
With the famous “SS” badge affixed to its backside, don’t be surprised to see larger brakes, a lowered ride, cooler interior and exterior touches, and some impressive performance numbers as standard. Initially, Chevrolet is planning to limit production; exactly how many units hasn’t been revealed.
“With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day,” said GM North America President Mark Reuss in a prepared statement.
“The Chevrolet SS also demonstrates how we are able to leverage our global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience,” Reuss continued. “The specialized development and testing work done for the race car will certainly benefit the entire Chevrolet product lineup.”
Given the success, popularity, and athletic abilities of the Cadillac CTS-V and long-missed Pontiac G8 GXP, two of GM’s most recent rear-drive performance sedans, we can’t wait to see how the next SS pans out. Stay tuned…