How often do you think, the 2014 Chevrolet SS does not produce enough power? Apparently, it is a performance sedan with over 400 horsepower crammed into its engine bay and still, it isn’t enough for many motorheads. More is always better and in the case of the Chevrolet SS and its V-8 powerplant, there’s even more to be had than just 415 horsepower.
Callaway was first to come forward to inject some pop into the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with a nice tuning package. With it, the Chevrolet SS pumped out 570 horsepower and 535 pound-feet of torque. Now, that’s what you call a performance sedan. At least, Callaway seems satisfied with the output.
Our friends from Texas aren’t far behind either. Hennessey Performance has put up a teaser video of what we could expect form the world-famous tuning house. The video shows a base-line dyno run of the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan. On the dyno, the SS clocks 359 horsepower at the wheel and 367 pound-feet in factory-spec, which seems about right.
Although, information about the Hennessey-tuned Chevrolet SS is scarce, we believe Hennessey could be aiming for an output figure of around 600 horsepower. This may be slightly more than the Callaway SS, giving Hennessey a slight lead in tuning the next great Chevrolet sedan .
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Somewhere along the way, people have continuously slept on the Chevrolet SS as a performance-minded sedan that’s ready for its turn of the spotlight.
With aftermarket tuners like Callaway on its side, the SS is primed and ready to be the car we all thought it would be. Callaway knows what its doing when it comes to Chevrolet vehicles and the program it prepared for the SS just goes to show how far the performance sedan can go when treated with a nice dose of tender love.
The unquestioned highlight of Callaway’s program is the engine upgrade, which comes with an extensive list of new components, including an Eaton Roots-style TVS supercharger system, liquid-to-air intercooler, increased-flow-rate fuel injectors, a high-flow intake system, and a low-restriction exhaust system, all of which lets the car’s 6.2-liter, V-8 engine produce a staggering 570 horsepower and 535 pound-feet of torque — a nice increase from the stock 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of twist. This is good enough to allow the SS to cover 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds — down from teh stock 4.9 seconds — to go with a top speed of somewhere in the neighborhood of 180 mph.
A few other pertinent features highlight Callaway’s program for the SS, including the tuner’s badging on the car, embroidered seat mats, and key fobs, among others.
Click past the jump to read about the Callaway-tuned 2014 Chevrolet SS Performance
With performance sedans, like the Ford Taurus SHO and the Dodge Charger R/T , having some success in the U.S., General Motors had little choice than to call upon its Australian division — Holden — for a car that could tap into this market and succeed. That’s exactly how the Chevrolet SS became a reality
Both the Taurus SHO and the Charger R/T have plenty of options, and the Charger even has a slew of new performance options, like the upcoming Scat Packages . All this while, GM has started shipping Chevrolet SS units into the U.S. from Down Under, resulting in only a few basic options and no real driveline options to speak of.
Automotive Magazine brought this to the attention of Chevrolet Performance Cars Marketing Manager, John Fitzpatrick, and he provided some positive feedback. When asked about future plans for the Chevrolet SS, he revealed that a more powerful version of the Chevrolet SS could possibly makes its way to the U.S., including a manual transmission.
Fitzpatrick said that GM is planning on selling 2,000 to 3,000 SS models per year, and if these numbers are met, GM will start further exploring importing the aforementioned HSV variants. He made it clear that the limited options and lack of higher-performance models is purely to keep the model profitable, while GM gauges customer demand in the SS.
Needless to say, this is pretty promising to hear, and may relieve the concerns among Chevy fans.
The Chevrolet SS may not get the same love as the Corvette and Camaro in the Bowtie’s lineup, but sleeping on this raunchy sedan is a big mistake.
NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon will likely reprimand you for doing so.
The SS is all business and at the 2013 SEMA Show , Chevrolet is preparing a concept SS and its tying up with, you guessed, Jeff Gordon himself.
The vehicle, appropriately billed as the Jeff Gordon SS Performance Sedan Concept, is a refreshing program on the muscular sedan that plays to the creativity of the multi-titled NASCAR driver. Gordon’s all-business personality was clearly translated onto the concept, as shown by the classy satin exterior finish that effuses a no-nonsense approach the SS wants to be known for.
A handful of No. 24 graphics can be found throughout the exterior, splashing a nice touch of flavor to the sedan and giving it that aesthetic balance that you’d want to see in a car coming to SEMA. The SS also receives a new custom front grille, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and a set of custom-finished, 20-inch wheels, all of which play equal parts in providing a strength of character to the SS.
Inside, the changes were kept to a minimum, but still distinct enough to spruce up the cabin. Perforated suede seat inserts and embroidered headrests are the most distinctive upgrades, with a racing-style flat-bottom steering wheel and Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit added in for good measure.
Other modifications added into the package include a lowered suspension, high-performance brakes and a Borla exhaust system. No other performance mods were given, which is a little disappointing, but hey, if you have a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that packs 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque in tow, chances are, you won’t be too disappointed about it.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet SS Performance
Rumors have been swirling since 2011 regarding the Chevrolet SS and we were amongst the first to start discussing it . The rumors cooled off up until a few weeks ago when after 40 years of using the “SS” logo, GM finally decided to trademark it. Later the rumors became even more certain, as OnStar, GM’s in-vehicle communication system, mistakenly put the 2014 model lineup on its site. Within that lineup was a model dubbed the SS Performance.
This all adds up to a solid case that the Chevrolet SS Performance is on its way to the U.S. According to the rumormill, this would also result in the Holden Commodore SS, which was once used as the Pontiac G8 , becoming the vehicle that dons the 2014 SS Perfomance badges.
With this release, Chevy would finally have a performance sedan to stack up against the likes of the Charger R/T and the Ford Taurus SHO .
UPDATE 06/04/2013: Chevrolet announced today prices for the 2014 SS. See more after the jump.
Click past the jump to read our full review of the anticipated SS Performance and how it stacks up against the competition.
No doubt, the most impressive launch of the moment is the new Chevrolet SS and while most of you were pretty excited to get one, we have a bad news for all the Canadian residents: General Motors decided not to offer it to our friends up north. Why the company took such a drastic decision is still a mystery, but we are hoping to get an explanation pretty soon.
On the other hand, all the other recently announced models, like the ELR, Spark EV or Corvette Stingray will still be offered in there.
This news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Israel won’t be importing the SS either. This is not a choice made by GM, but rather a choice made by the country itself. Their reasoning for banning the SS is because the “SS” logo reminds them of the Nazis…
This is good news to us, as it just means more SS models for the U.S.!
You would think that with Chevrolet’s release of its high-powered SS sports sedan, a lot of countries would be chomping at the bit to have the car come to their roads.
Apparently, that’s not the case in Israel.
According to the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth via the Times of Israel, the Chevrolet SS will not be imported to Israel because it’s "Super Sport" name, or at least the shortened "SS" version of it, is similar to the Schutzstaffel, a paramilitary unit headed by one Heinrich Himmler under Adolf Hitler’s long reign of terror in Nazi Germany.
The same Yedioth report quoted Baruch Shuv, manager of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and chairman of the Organization of Partisans, Underground Fighters and Ghetto Rebels, saying that “the use of [the SS] name is very inappropriate."
"It is not a name that will bring them pride or success,” Shuv added.
Granted, we understand the position Israel is taking, and we’re not going to belittle the significance of the Jewish people’s plight during one of the most oppressive times in history, but c’mon guys… It’s an abbreviation for “Super Sport,” not some anti-Jewish conspiracy.
It’s also worth noting that this is the first time Chevrolet is branding the initials SS exclusively and not using the full Super Sport name on the model.
And if Israel has a big and justified problem with the use of the SS name and is taking the measure of keeping the car out of their country, then that’s their prerogative.
Well, the Chevy SS Performance cat is out of the bag and we got a nice an heavy dose of it yesterday. On the surface, we like it, but our feelings are really lukewarm, as it truly seems to be lacking something. First of all, its styling is a little “blah,” for lack of a better word, and its suspension and braking systems are dated at best. The front braking and suspension systems are okay, for the most part, but the rear features technology from the late-1980s.
Don’t get us wrong, however, we love the 415-horsepower V8 powerplant, the TAPshift six-speed transmission and the nasty 3.27-to-1 rear end ration. We even fell in love with its “about 5-second” 0-to-60 time. It’s just the glaring lack of aggressiveness and the rear handling components that leave us scratching our heads.
The starts our speculating minds working. We are wondering if GM intentionally left this model a little simple to leave room for model growth. Maybe GM wants to see how well the SS sells and how many people really dig in and help out the SS with aftermarket suspension systems and more aggressive body kits.
Of GM sees lots of sales and lots of people tweaking the SS, it could release a higher-performance model. Something like the 1LE package, where minor tweaks to the suspension and braking systems, and the aesthetics to make it a better handler is the most likely of paths. However, a ZL1-like package to bump the ponies over 500 to help it better compete with the Charger SRT8 may be a possibility too.
Right now, we are simply thinking out loud, but it would be downright cool to see a full line of SS Performances to choose from.
The 2014 Chevy SS will make its world debut tomorrow at the at Daytona International Speedway’s fan zone. Until then, Chevrolet has decided to drop one final teaser of the new performance sedan. As you probably expected, the new teaser image reveals pretty much nothing, so its purpose was just to remind us to follow Chevrolet tomorrow at 13:05 p.m. EST.
Most of you already know what the new SS will look like, especially if you have kept track of the news in the past few weeks. First there was the revealing of the Nascar version of the SS and just the other day, Holden uncovered the new VF Commodore. This doesn’t mean that you cannot be excited for tomorrow’s reveal, as the new SS will likely adopt a more aggressive and sportier look.
As for what’s under the hood, you should expect a V8 engine with an output of at least 430 horsepower.
We have already seen the NASCAR version of the new Chevrolet SS , and now we are waiting to see the production version of this model. The wait will soon be over, as its reveal will happen on February 16th at Daytona International Speedway’s fan zone.
Jim Campbell, Chevrolet ’s U.S. vice president, confirmed that the production version will be offered with a V-8 engine and a rear-wheel-drive system. Previous rumors suggested that this engine will deliver at least 350 horsepower and a peak torque of 381 pound-feet.
The new Chevrolet SS will go into production in November and sales will begin in late 2013 and, unfortunately, it will be built in limited numbers. He also confirmed that the new SS will be priced higher than the Impala, which has a base price of $27,535. This means that our previous assumption of a $35k price tag likely wasn’t that far off.