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Official: 2014 Chevrolet SS goes on sale

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On: Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 12:11PM | By: Teddy Field

Official: 2014 Chevrolet SS goes on sale

It's been nearly two decades since Chevrolet had a muscle-bound rear-drive sedan in its lineup. The last one was a Corvette-powered monster called the Impala SS, and people loved it. Problem was, fullsize SUVs were all the rage in 1996. So Chevy decided to stop production of its snarling gazelle and use that production line to build more profitable SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe.

GM brought back the RWD super sedan in 2012, when it started importing a re-badged version of the Australian-made Holden Caprice. But the Chevrolet Caprice PPV was strictly a police model, which left the enthusiast market a bit... cold. Granted, if you wanted a kid-friendly American steroid-special, you could go for the 470-hp Dodge Charger SRT8, or the AWD Ford Taurus SHO (365-hp). But GM fans were SOL, until today, that is.

Scheduled for delivery in Q4 of 2013, the $44,470 2014 Chevrolet SS comes loaded with a bunch of luxury features, and 6.2 liters of tire-roasting goodness. Sold in Oceania as the Holden Commodore, the 2014 Chevrolet SS gets a 415-hp version of the LS3 V8, mated to a 6-speed automatic with TapShift paddles on the leather-bound wheel. Mat the cross-drilled alloy gas pedal, and you'll kiss 60 mph in “around 5 seconds”. Chevrolet hasn't released an official top speed, but we're betting that the 3:27 gear ratio will allow for a maximum velocity in excess of 150 mph.

Australians still have a thing for rear-wheel drive, so Holden was given carte blanche to develop new platforms that send their power rearward. This latest version (known as the VF Commodore) is a much improved incarnation of the old Pontiac G8, which features a grippy 4-wheel independent suspension, ventilated 4-piston Brembo stoppers up front, 50/50 weight distribution, and a new electric steering system (this allows for a standard self-parking system called Automatic Parking Assist). To reduce weight, aluminum is used for the hood/deck lid, along with large parts of the suspension and braking system. The curb weight is still a hefty 3,900+ lbs, but there's enough power on tap to compensate (415-hp/415 lb-ft).

Part of that chunky curb weight comes from all of the standard equipment. Only available in one trim, the 2014 Chevrolet SS gets standard leather upholstery with heated/cooled 8-way power front buckets, keyless/remote ignition, an 8-inch touchscreen with a backup camera, navigation, MyLink infotainment, color head-up display, power everything, HID headlights with LED running lights, and blue ambient interior lighting. The only options are a $900 sunroof, and a $500 full-size spare (ouch!).

The Aussie's have proven very good at making motorized hooligans, and the 2014 Chevrolet SS looks to carry on that tire-shredding tradition. We just hope that the American market will accept its rather sedate styling.

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