In anticipation of the Daytona 500, where several Chevrolet SS stock cars will race in one of NASCAR’s biggest events, Chevrolet has unveiled the production version of the SS. The car uses a de-tuned version of the same engine found in the C7 Corvette, is rear wheel drive, and has plenty of room to carry the entire family. Chevy has introduced one of the best sleeper vehicles of the 2014 model year with the introduction of the SS.
The SS uses the same 6.2-liter V8 found in the C7. The engine produces 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft, which propel the car to 60 mph in an estimated 5 seconds. The car’s top speed is estimated to be around 155 mph. The SS does not come with a manual transmission as an option, instead, a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is employed.
Chevy didn’t just create a fast car from stoplight to stoplight, they’ve also engineered the car to be able to hustle around corners. The use of aluminum hood and trunk body panels helps to lower the car’s center of gravity. Multilink independent rear suspension and a MacPherson front strut arguably makes use of more modern suspension technology than does the new C7. Four piston Brembo brakes, and 19” alloy wheels come as standard.
The interior of the SS features: front bucket seats designed to keep occupants in place under heavy g-forces, a large “MyLink” infotainment display, red accent stitching, and a thick rimmed sporty steering wheel.
This performance sedan receives conservative yet aggressive styling cues. The car’s character lines flow to the rear wheels indicating that the car is rear-wheel drive. A large and low front grill paired with LED running lights help to give the SS a sporty look. The hood of the SS has what Chevy calls a “power bulge” that hints at the car’s performance potential.
Due to the car’s subtle styling, the SS would appear to be a run of the mill sedan to those who don’t know what they’re looking at. But to those in the know, they’ll recognize the SS to be a tire smoking brute capable of embarrassing owners of much flashier sports cars.