We were all prepared to wait until next weekend’s Daytona 500 NASCAR race to get our first look at the highly-anticipated 2014 Chevrolet SS premium performance sedan. But Holden decided to one-up its Yank cousins by pulling the sheet off the new VF Commodore a week ahead of the Chevy’s reveal. Aside from a few styling details such as badging, wheels and a few other items, this will probably be 97.5 percent of the Chevrolet SS. Don’t believe us? Take a look at these pics and compare them to the race car photos and videos we showed you yesterday.

Still unknown is precisely what will be under the hood of the Chevrolet SS. Information released by Holden had scant technical information, other than some bells and whistles that will be offered on the new model in the form of park assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and of course, the MyLink system.

GM North America chief Mark Reuss has said in the past the Chevrolet SS will be V-8 only, but we’re left guessing as to whether it will be the port-injected LS3 currently used in the Camaro SS and C6 Corvette, or the new LT1 direct-injected 6.2-liter engine that’s under the hood of the 2014 Corvette Stingray. We’re hoping, and predicting, it will be the latter. Also unknown is whether or not there will be a manual transmission option, or if it will be automatic-only, and for that matter, if it will be a six or eight-speed unit.

Expect all these details and more to be revealed in the weeks ahead, hopefully with more technical detail at the SS’s reveal in Daytona next weekend.

Source: General Motors

By Edward A. Sanchez