2014 Chevrolet SS
Australian rules, American sports.No Comments
We've never seen a car so invested in saving you from the long arm of the law.
For the longest time, the Dodge Charger SRT remained the single big-body, big-displacement sporty sedan with an American badge - the Ford Taurus SHO possesses neither a naturally-aspirated V-8 nor rear-wheel drive. Now, with a little help from our cousins down under, we've got a new contender.
And what a contender it is. Based off the VF-generation Holden Commodore, the all-new Chevrolet SS is a return to what makes America great - lots of noise and lots of power. Under the hood lies a 6.2-liter LS-series V-8 engine from a Corvette, which provides an equal amount of horsepower and torque (415) sent directly to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Of course, any old schlub can shove a V-8 into a sedan and call it finished. Thankfully, Holden and Chevy made sure no stone was left unturned, and so the United States has been given a big-body sedan that's capable of turning as well as going in a straight line.
Think of it as a Camaro for those that want a little extra subtlety. Instead of an aggressive sports-car shape with tiny slats of glass that are technically considered windows and windshields, the SS looks downright tame from certain angles, and the greenhouse provides more than enough visibility for watching all those smoky burnouts you know you'll be doing.
Chevrolet had a lot on the line when they announced their first new V-8 rear-drive sedan in nearly two decades. Much to everybody's delight, they've delivered an outstanding sports sedan that's closer to its German competitors than its American ones.
In terms of comfort, there's plenty. The seats are comfortable, yet bolstered enough to keep your rear end in place when you want to move the Chevy's rear end around a bit. The steering wheel is a chunky, leather-wrapped one, adding to the performance aesthetic.
The only real issue with the vehicle's exterior is the sole choice of wheel finish - highly polished. While it does hearken back to a day when all things shiny were displayed on vehicles with pride, the current trend incorporates darker colors with matte or satin finishes. A set of satin-black wheels would look great on the SS.
Chevrolet really knows its target audience, and that's no more evident than when you drive through a school zone. The navigation system makes sure to let you know that you're entering a school zone, presumably so you can stop speeding so damn much. We've never seen a car so invested in saving you from the long arm of the law. Although it might be tough to listen to the SS's suggestions, as the exhaust note is just aggressive enough to encourage playing with the throttle at every available moment.
Just make sure to start calling dealerships yesterday if you're interested in one - they don't plan on bringing more than a few thousand copies over, and not every dealership will be selling them.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Power Output: 415 hp / 415 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 14 city / 21 highway
Base Price: $43,475
As Tested: $44,375 (not incl. $995 destination and $1300 gas-guzzler tax)
Optional Features: Power moonroof, full-size spare tire