Race-Spec Chevrolet SS Reveals Details of Production Car
It’s been several decades since NASCAR “stock” cars shared even a common bolt with their showroom-spec namesakes, but starting with the 2013 season, the cars will start to show a little more resemblance to their production versions, and one of the most anticipated, that’s scheduled to be revealed to the public exactly one week from today is the Chevrolet SS sedan. What we know for sure is that the Chevrolet SS will be a fullsize, rear-drive, V-8 premium performance sedan, built on the same chassis as the new VF-series Holden Commodore, and indeed, will make the trans-Pacific journey from down under to American showrooms.
Sound familiar? It’s a similar formula to the late, lamented Pontiac G8, which won great critical acclaim, just as the brand was being wound down, and GM was going into bankruptcy proceedings. What’s different this time around? For one, the marketing muscle of the Chevrolet brand, which is by far General Motor’s largest brand by volume worldwide. The car’s exposure at NASCAR races is sure to help as well. And finally, rather than trying to position the SS as a mass-market proposition, the car will be packaged and positioned as a premium product, with GM North America president Mark Reuss describing it as a “four-door Corvette.”
Although there are some definite differences between the race car and the production car, Hendrick Motorsports’ Doug Duchardt explains how the styling details of the Chevrolet SS race car are more indicative of the production car’s lines than in years’ past. What can we make out from these videos? That the SS will have LED driving lights, a smaller upper, and larger lower grille opening, twin polished tailpipe tips, and Malibu-esque taillights. The sculpting of the hood and the front fenders are also a good indication of the production car’s styling. The one area where the race car departs from the production model is in the roofline and cabin shape, which as Duchardt explains, is shared between the different manufacturers.
Like what you see so far? Come back on Saturday, or tune in to the Daytona 500 to see the production 2014 Chevrolet SS in the sheetmetal.