Introduced for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet SS performance sedan is likely to pass into the 2015 model year with only a handful of updates. It is safe to assume that GM will add some of its latest in-car technology, such as high-speed OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, but there are rumors abound that the sedan’s about to receive some under-the-skin changes. The biggest of these changes is the inclusion of a manual transmission — something muscle car enthusiasts have been screaming for since the SS made its debut. That’s the word from Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman, who broke the big news via his Twitter account, adding that the manual SS will make its U.S. debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise in August.
Of course, nothing’s official until Chevy comes out with some sort of confirmation, but it would be crazy for the company to ignore all those enthusiasts crying for a manual for one more year. Although Lieberman didn’t say what kind of gearbox the SS will be getting, our bet is on the six-speed manual available on the Camaro SS .
The other news concerning the 2015 SS is that the sedan is also getting GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension, a piece of technology currently offered on the 2014 Corvette , Camaro ZL1 and a range of Cadillacs .
Note: 2014 model year pictured here.
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Refreshed for the 2015 model year, the Dodge Charger will try and give the Chevrolet SS a run for its money with a brand new face and a revamped interior. Despite its redesigned body, the 2015 Dodge will hit showrooms with last year’s powertrains, meaning the R/T model will be powered by the same 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque coming from its 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.
That’s 45 horses less than the SS, but bear in mind that the 2015 Charger R/T will also fetch about $13,000 less than its Chevrolet -badged competitor. An SRT version will increase output to nearly 400 horsepower, but pricing will grow accordingly into $45,000 territory.
Also new on the 2015 Charger is Chrysler’s eight-speed automatic transmission. The unit replaces the ancient five-speed auto and joins the standard six-speed manual. With the eight-speed in place, the R/T should return more than 25 mpg on the highway, a significant improvements over the SS’ 21 mpg.
Compared to both the Chevy SS and the Dodge Charger, the Ford Taurus SHO lacks a V-8 engine, being propelled by V-6. However, it doesn’t lack that much in power, at least not when weighed against Charger, as the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter mill pumps out 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
Although power figures haven’t changed since last year, the Taurus SHO can be fitted with a performance package that adds an improved suspension system with new dampers and springs, track-tuned brake calipers and a 3.16-to-1 final drive ratio for enhanced acceleration.
As far as fuel economy is concerned, the said model promises to return 25 mpg on the highway, placing it above the Chevy SS and somewhat on par with the Dodge Charger. However, with upgrades for the 2015 model year still a mystery, some engine tweaks could improve on that figure. Pricing-wise, the Taurus SHO begins at $39,980, making it a more expensive option to the Charger, but still cheaper when compared to the SS.