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  • Chevrolet SS
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    415
  • Torque @ RPM:
    415
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    165 mph
  • Price:
    45000
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Introduced for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet SS came to the U.S. to fill the void left behind by the 2008 Pontiac G8, discontinued in 2009, and to mark the return of the rear-wheel-drive, V-8 Chevy sedan after an 18-year hiatus. Having already received a range of upgrades for the 2015 model year, the SS is now gaining an updated front end for 2016.

In other words, the performance sedan benfits from its first visual facelift. Chances are this is also the SS’ final update, as the 2014 Holden VF Commodore SS V, the vehicle it is based on, will be discontinued by 2017, when the brand plans to put an end to Australian production.

A rather sad fate for a car that was received with great enthusiasm in the U.S., but with no official word as to what will happen from 2017 onward with the nameplate, there’s still hope General Motors will do something about it. Until there are more details to run by on this matter, let’s have a closer look at the updated SS and what sets it apart from last year’s model.

Updated 09/18/2015: Chevrolet dropped the official details on the facelift SS sports sedan.

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Chevrolet SS Production Comes to an End, Order Books Set to Close in a Week

Chevrolet SS Production Comes to an End, Order Books Set to Close in a Week

This is your last chance to buy a piece of Australian-made muscle

General Motors’ decision to end all Australian manufacturing is coming into effect in 2017, when the iconic Holden Commodore will be discontinued. But, this move will also affect U.S. muscle enthusiasts, who won’t be able to order the Chevrolet SS anymore. Word has it that Chevy is set to close the ordering books at the end of February, meaning there’s only a week left to place an order.

The news comes from GM Authority, which claims that the performance sedan will not be sold beyond February 28. The outlet also claims that there won’t be a send-off edition like the Commodore received in Australia, which is a shame to be honest. Instead customers will be able to order the sedan in Orange Blast Metallic instead of last year’s Some Like It Hot Red Metallic color.

But even though production and orders will come to an end, there’s a chance that inventory will mount and Chevy will end up with a solid stock of SS models. In this case, we may see significant discounts. In July 2016, Chevy rolled out a 20-percent price cut. Still, if you want to be sure that you get one, it’s safer to just place an order by February 28.

The sedan costs $48,920 including the gas guzzler tax and delivery fee and it comes standard with the 415-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, OnStar 4G LTE, Brembo brakes, premium upholstery, and a range of active safety features. Options are limited to the new Orange Blast Metallic color ($395), the six-speed manual transmission, full-size spare tire and wheel ($500), and power sunroof ($900). All told, a fully equipped SS will set you back $50,715.

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Chevrolet SS To Get Supercharged, Final Edition Model in 2017

Chevrolet SS To Get Supercharged, Final Edition Model in 2017

Look for at least 530 horsepower and a very limited production run

Launched in 2013 on the same platform as the Holden Commodore VF, the SS crossed the pond to the U.S. as Chevy’s first performance rear-wheel drive sedan since 1996 and a unique offering on the full-size market until the arrival of the Dodge Charger Hellcat. Sold without significant modifications until 2016, aside from receiving a manual gearbox, the four-door will be axed by the end of 2017, when Holden is set to close all Australian operations. However, Chevy might send the SS into the history books with one final special-edition that will reportedly get a supercharged engine.

That’s the word from GM Authority, who has been told by "sources inside" the Elizabeth assembly plant (responsible for building the SS) that a more powerful version of the sedan is slated to come stateside for the nameplate’s final model year. The extra oomph will come from the supercharged, LSA V-8 engine that will replace the standard, 6.2-liter LS3 unit. There’s no word as to what output will motivate the beefed-up sedan, but most likely the SS will get the LSA from the HSV-prepped Commodores. Output should be similar to either the Clubsport R8 or the GTS that benefit from 536 horsepower and 495 pound-feet and 576 horses and 546 pound-feet, respectively.

For reference, the current SS cranks out 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of twist.

We should get official confirmation and find out more about the special-edition model this fall, when Holden is set to unleash the 2017-model-year Commodore. The Australian-spec sedan will indicate most of the changes that the SS will get for the U.S. market.

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Motor Trend Reviews the 2016 Chevy SS: Video

Motor Trend Reviews the 2016 Chevy SS: Video

You just might rethink going for one of those German sports sedans after seeing this review

It’s a rear-wheel-drive Chevy, it has more than 400 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, and sounds absolutely amazing at full throttle. No, I’m not talking about the Camaro or the Corvette, I’m talking about the Australian-built, U.S.-spec Chevy SS. And, you might not know it yet, but it’s the next Chevy car you want to buy. But, don’t take my word for it. Motor Trend just released Episode 152 of its long-running Ignition series with Jason Cammisa and a guest appearance by Randy Pobst having a little fun with the new SS.

I won’t ruin the video review for you, but Cammisa thoroughly compares the SS to the E39 BMW M5. Of course, the best part is when Pobst gets behind the wheel, and you get to see what a professional driver can do with Chevy’s flagship sedan. To make the video even better, Pobst runs the M5 and the SS across down the same track, and we get a side-by-side view of the entire run. Pay attention to this part of the video – it’s amazing to see similarities in how Pobst drives both cars.

With that said, go ahead and click play. Enjoy the video!

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A Successor To The Chevy SS May Be In The Works

A Successor To The Chevy SS May Be In The Works

Introduced for the 2014 model year to fill the void left behind by the Pontiac G8, the Chevy SS was greeted with a high degree of enthusiasm, especially by hardcore muscle car fans. The performance sedan has already received a facelift for 2016, but its future has been uncertain since day one. That’s because the SS is based on the Holden VF Commodore, which will be discontinued in 2017 when GM shuts down its Australian operations and the Holden brand. So, will the SS, which is also built in Australia, survive beyond 2017?

According to Al Oppenheiser, Chevrolet Camaro chief engineer, the sedan could get a replacement once the Holden Commodore is axed.

Speaking to Car Advice, Oppenheiser said that despite its mediocre sales (of less than 3,000 units a year), the SS could get a successor, but it’s a decision that depends on what will happen with the Zeta platform that underpins all Holden vehicles.

“It sells what it’s supposed to. And we haven’t announced an end date to it, so we’re just... we know that there are some decisions made on the Zeta [platform], that are imminent, and right now we’re just focused on the new ’17 model, which is great. It has the LS3 with the manual and the active exhausts, and it’s a great car,” he told the Australian outlet.

When asked whether the next-generation model will use a V-8, Oppenheiser said that he doesn’t know and that he’s "not at liberty" to say.

An official decision about the future of the Chevy SS is expected to be announced by the end of 2016. By that time, GM should also reveal what products will replace the Holden Commodore.

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2016 Chevrolet SS

2016 Chevrolet SS

Introduced for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet SS came to the U.S. to fill the void left behind by the 2008 Pontiac G8, discontinued in 2009, and to mark the return of the rear-wheel-drive, V-8 Chevy sedan after an 18-year hiatus. Having already received a range of upgrades for the 2015 model year, the SS is now gaining an updated front end for 2016.

In other words, the performance sedan benfits from its first visual facelift. Chances are this is also the SS’ final update, as the 2014 Holden VF Commodore SS V, the vehicle it is based on, will be discontinued by 2017, when the brand plans to put an end to Australian production.

A rather sad fate for a car that was received with great enthusiasm in the U.S., but with no official word as to what will happen from 2017 onward with the nameplate, there’s still hope General Motors will do something about it. Until there are more details to run by on this matter, let’s have a closer look at the updated SS and what sets it apart from last year’s model.

Updated 09/18/2015: Chevrolet dropped the official details on the facelift SS sports sedan.

Continue reading to learn more about the facelift Chevrolet SS.

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Celebrate National Donut Day With NASCAR Chevy SS: Video

Celebrate National Donut Day With NASCAR Chevy SS: Video

When it comes to celebrating a win in NASCAR, nothing says it better than a good, high-horsepower donut, and no company has more wins in the modern era of NASCAR than Chevrolet. For this reason, it makes perfect sense that Chevrolet celebrated National Donut Day with a video montage showing some big, smoky burnouts from its Chevrolet SS racecars.

Not surprisingly, Jimmie Johnson shows up the most in the video as he has dominated the sport for the better part of a decade. Johnson’s success in NASCAR is only outdone by Chevrolet, which has won the Sprint Cup Manufacturers’ Championship 38 times, including the last 12 years in a row. Not only that, but since 2001, the driver of a Chevrolet has been named the champion 10 times.

The Chevrolet SS has been used in the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the 2013 season, and it is the only stock car in NASCAR’s top level of competition that is actually available with a V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive. As for the video, what’s not to love about watching 725-horsepower race cars smoke the tires for some killer donuts?

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Nick Offerman Welcomes Us to a New Season of NASCAR: Video

Nick Offerman Welcomes Us to a New Season of NASCAR: Video

The best commercial in this year’s Super Bowl won’t even take place during the game, but don’t worry, it will most certainly have cars. NBC Sports has released its advertisement ushering in the 2015 NASCAR season, and it does so with the unwavering Americanism of Nick Offerman – meat connoisseur, wood craftsman extraordinaire and Ron Swanson.

In “America, It’s Time For A Gut Check,” Offerman brings his usual comedy and machismo with one-liners like “Sure everybody at NASCAR gets a trophy/As long as they win the f***ing race” and “Where men and women compete together/Just like they did back in the 18-nevers.” AdWeek says that a 60-second version of the commercial will air immediately after the game, but you can see the full-length version right now. Trust me, it will be the best two minutes you’ll spend today, and you don’t have to be a NASCAR fan to get a kick out of it.

The true point of the ad, of course, is as a promotion for NBC Sports, which picks up coverage of the 2015 season starting on July 5.

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Jeff Gordon Announces Semi-Retirement After 2015 NASCAR Season

Jeff Gordon Announces Semi-Retirement After 2015 NASCAR Season

The Rainbow Warriors will be looking for another pot of gold in 2016 following Jeff Gordon’s announcement yesterday that he will step away from full-time driving after the 2015 season. After 23 years of racing at the top level of NASCAR, Gordon, 43, plans to hand over the reins of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports race car.

Despite stepping out of the No. 24 Chevrolet, it doesn’t sound like Gordon is really ready to hang up his helmet and walk away from the sport altogether.

“I won’t use the ‘R-word’ [retire] because I plan to stay extremely busy in the years ahead, and there’s always the possibility I’ll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that,” Gordon said in a press release.

Gordon, 43, is by far one of the most dominant NASCAR drivers since his debut in 1992, and even though it’s been 14 years since his last championship, he and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team are consistently contenders to win races and championships.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France responded to the news by saying: “Jeff Gordon transcends NASCAR and will be celebrated as one of the greatest drivers to ever race. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Jeff for his years of dedication and genuine love for this sport, and wish him the very best in his final season.”

As for who will be replacing Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports isn’t making any announcements just yet.

Click past the jump to read more about Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR racing career.

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2014 Chevrolet SS Sport Concept

2014 Chevrolet SS Sport Concept

While the 2015 Corvette Stingray is getting ready to hit the 2014 SEMA Show wearing a body kit from newcomers Revorix, Chevrolet is gearing up for the event with a host of compacts and sedans that showcase several Chevrolet Performance parts. Among them is a rear-wheel-drive SS dressed up as the Sport Concept.

The sedan is far from being spectacular, as it has been enhanced only by a new exterior color, a couple of body-colored parts and some Chevrolet Accessories goodies, but you have to hand it to Chevy for trying to attract new customers with a bespoke visual package. We say "visual" because the SS Sport Concept remained stock under the hood.

The only mechanical upgrades consists of the standard Magnetic Ride Control system and the new Brembo rear brakes, which come as an update with the 2015 model year sedan. Read on to find out what sets the Sport Concept apart from the stock SS.

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2014 Chevrolet SS NASCAR Pace Car

2014 Chevrolet SS NASCAR Pace Car

Chevrolet has spent a lot of time raising awareness and money to fight breast cancer over the last couple of years. The company is stepping up its efforts in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a special NASCAR Pace Car, as well as a series of donations and events.

The car in question is a specially themed pink Chevrolet SS that will be pacing caution laps at two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races during October, including the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Both events are part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The third race included in the program already took place last August in Atlanta. Chevrolet will be donating $250 for each caution lap the pink SS leads in addition to sponsoring at-track survivor events and pace car rides.

What’s more, Chevrolet will donate $10 for every customer who test drives a Chevy at a dealership this month, hoping to help the American Cancer Society raise more than the $1.1 million for the ACS’ Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks and other activities. The funds raised will help the ACS pay for ongoing research, wellness and breast cancer awareness education, as well as support for breast cancer patients and their families.

We understand a pink SS might not tickle your fancy, but don’t forget that taking any Chevrolet out for a test drive will also raise money. Go hoon a 2015 Corvette Stingray for a good cause.

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5 Best Sleeper Cars of 2014

5 Best Sleeper Cars of 2014

The term "sleeper car" goes back to the 1950s, when American manufacturers started building high output cars that would eventually spawn into muscle cars a decade later. Tracking the first sleeper is a daunting task, but most stories lead to the 1955 Chrysler C-300, a two-door, luxury coupe motivated by a 5.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 300 horsepower. It was the first production passenger car to come with 300 ponies on tap and a design that had nothing to say about that. The "all go and no show" car was born, a trend that would continue with vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, the Lotus Carlton or the Audi RS2 Avant.

Sleepers are still among us in 2014. Looking for a very fast car that doesn’t scream "I’m fast as a bullet!"? There are plenty of options to choose from that cover various segments. Sedans, wagons, SUVs, you name it. Be careful though, you might miss them due to their bland styling. Make sure you have a look under the hood and check that spec sheet.

Meanwhile, I put together a list of Top 5 Sleeper Cars available today. It includes a few American-built vehicles, and a couple more coming from cold, snowy Sweden and rugby-loving Australia. Check them out past the jump and tell me your thoughts in the comments section. Did I miss anything? Is there a vehicle that shouldn’t be on this list?

Click past the just to read more about the best sleeper cars on the market.

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2015 Chevrolet SS HPE1000 By Hennessey

2015 Chevrolet SS HPE1000 By Hennessey

With 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the Chevrolet SS is one of the most attractive rear-wheel-drive sedans you can buy nowadays. But if those figures aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst for power, the SS can be upgraded with help from tuning specialists such as Callaway] or Hennessey].

An update from the former will enable the SS to deliver 570 horsepower via an Eaton TVS supercharger and other enhancements. This is a huge improvements over the standard model, but don’t think the SS can’t handle more oomph. Because it can, and Hennessey’s new upgrade is out to prove just that.

Just like it did with the Camaro ZL1, the Texas-based company took things up a notch and replaced the 6.2-liter V-8 with a larger, 7.0-liter unit and a couple of ball-bearing turbochargers. Yes, we’re talking about the famous HPE1000 package that also comes with forged, low-compression pistons and connecting rods, a custom camshaft and stainless-steel piping and exhaust, just to name a few vital components.

The bundle enables the SS to deliver no less than 1,000 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and benefits from a professional installation, dyno tuning, extensive road testing and a one year or 12,000-mile warranty.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet SS HPE1000 By Hennessey.

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Video: The Smoking Tire Takes the 2014 Chevrolet SS for a Spin

Video: The Smoking Tire Takes the 2014 Chevrolet SS for a Spin

When you’re browsing through the Chevrolet lineup for a high-performance vehicle, the SS is likely to get overlooked in favor of the Corvette, the Camaro, and maybe even the Sonic RS.

While those models deserve to be mentioned (the Sonic RS to a lesser extent), the hidden performance jewel of the Chevy lineup is the car with the shortest name: the SS.

The Smoking Tire took a Chevrolet SS for a test drive and you immediately know that the SS impressed the heck out of them. It’s not so much that the car itself used to be just a trim level instead of an actual model, or that Chevrolet doesn’t go out of its way to promote the same way it does the more popular models.

The true characteristic of the SS is its performance, it being given a massive 6.2-liter V-8 that produces an impressive 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in under five seconds to go with a top speed of around 165 mph.

It’s not going to be as eye-catching as the Corvette or as angry and loud as the Camaro, but for all its worth, the Chevrolet SS gives you a sedan that hits all the right spots, even if it means doing so in the shadows.

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2014 Chevrolet SS Pace Car

2014 Chevrolet SS Pace Car

When the checkered flag finally fell at the 2014 Daytona 500 late Sunday night, it was over Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Chevrolet SS-inspired Sprint Cup race car. Earnhardt’s win came after a long day of racing and waiting with several multi-car pile-ups and an excruciating six hour rain delay.

While Earnhardt’s Chevy SS took much of the spotlight, it wasn’t the only SS circling the steep banks at the Great American Race; not considering the other tube-frame SS-look-a-likes trailing behind Jr.’s number 88 car. Pacing the race was the real deal, a 2014 Chevrolet SS modified only with safety strobe lights and Daytona 500 decals.

The SS is powered by GM’s 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 making 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of rear-wheel-spinning torque. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters sends power to the rear differential sporting a 3.27:1 final drive ratio. Unfortunately, this four-door Camaro isn’t offered with a clutch pedal, but the automatic does allow for fairly quick shifts.

Inside the SS is a cabin showcasing GM’s new-found efforts in interior quality with materials and fit and finish on par with offerings from Cadillac and Buick. Heavily bolstered leather seats, a leather-covered steering wheel, and suede-like material give the car an upscale feel while buttons and controls have a weighted, rich feel to them.

For pacing duties, the SS is fitted with an aerodynamic light bar up top and strobes in the head and taillights. Daytona 500 decals and stripes are stuck to the SS’ Red Hot 2 paint color. Lower profile tires and optional chrome wheels further separate the car from regular production units.

Updated 07/18/2014: Chevrolet announced today that actor Chris Pratt will serve as pace car driver on July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He will drive a 2014 red and silver Chevrolet SS pace car and apparently its a dream come true for him. Of course, the announcement comes with a new set of images of the SS Pace Car, so check them in the "Images" tab.

Click past the jump to watch the video of the burning SS and read more about the standard Chevrolet SS.

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Video: Chevrolet SS HPE600 by Hennessey Runs the Quarter Mile in Under 12 Seconds

Video: Chevrolet SS HPE600 by Hennessey Runs the Quarter Mile in Under 12 Seconds

Shortly after Chevrolet launched the SS sports sedan onto the market Hennessey Performance came up with a pretty amazing tuning kit that raised the standard output up to 600 horsepower — up from 415 horsepower.

A few weeks ago, we got a look at the Hennessey SS hitting a top speed of 163 mph on a Texas Toll Road, and today the tuner released a video of the sports sedan running the quarter mile in 11.84 seconds at 117 mph. To put that into perspective, a Ferrari 458 Italia runs the quarter in about 11.5 ticks at 125 mph — not too bad for a sedan.

The only update the model received besides that bad-ass HPE600 kit was a set of drag radials for extra grip.

As a reminder the HPE600 package includes a TVS2300 supercharger, HPE air induction system, fuel system upgrades and ECU modifications. A series of aesthetic updates were also made, including a carbon aero body kit and a carbon-fiber kit for the interior.

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Video: Chevrolet SS Hits 163 MPH on a Texas Toll Road

Video: Chevrolet SS Hits 163 MPH on a Texas Toll Road

Hennessey unveiled its updated version of the Chevrolet SS in early December 2013, and only one month later the tuner took the HPE600 supercharged version out on the Texas Toll Road to test the TxTag System — Texas’ automated toll-billing system — and to see just how bad-ass the boosted SS really is..

The results were nothing short of incredible, as the SS HPE600 was able to hit a top speed of 163 mph on Grand Parkway toll road near Houston, Texas. If you’re wondering why it only hit 163 mph, is because the SS’s factory six-speed automatic transmission is geared in a way that prevents it from going any faster.

Updates offered for the HPE600 kit include a high-flow air induction system, engine management tuning upgrades, a high-flow intercooler system, an exhaust system and turbocharging system. With all these changes the SS’s output jumps from the standard 415 horsepower up to 600 horsepower. Other updates also include a Brembo brake upgrades, suspension upgrades, and wheel and tire upgrades.

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2014 Chevrolet SS by Hennessey Performance

2014 Chevrolet SS by Hennessey Performance

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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2014 Chevrolet SS by Callaway

2014 Chevrolet SS by Callaway

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.

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More Powerful Chevrolet SS May be in the Works

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.

In Australia, the Holden Commodore — the model that the SS is based on — has 455- and 580-horsepower variants available from Holden Special Vehicles (HSV). This raised some red flags with performance nuts.

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.

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2014 Chevrolet Jeff Gordon SS Performance Sedan Concept

2014 Chevrolet Jeff Gordon SS Performance Sedan Concept

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.

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2014 Chevrolet SS Performance

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.

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New Chevrolet SS Won’t be Sold in Canada

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.!

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Chevrolet SS Banned in Israel Because the "SS" Reminds Them Of The Nazis

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.

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Could a Higher-Performance SS Performance be on the Horizon?

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.

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Chevrolet Drops Last Teaser of the 2014 Chevrolet SS

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.

Stay tuned for more details!

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Production Version Chevrolet SS will be Unveiled on February 16th

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.

We’ll keep you updated!

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Production Version Chevrolet SS Teased at SS NASCAR Debut

Production Version Chevrolet SS Teased at SS NASCAR Debut

A few days ago, Chevrolet unveiled the SS NASCAR racecar. Not exactly the SS everyone expected, but with some exercise of your imagination you could get a pretty good idea of what the production-model SS will look.

To help you a little bit with that, Chevrolet decided to tease the car for just a few seconds in the SS NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar’s official presentation video in Las Vegas. You get to see part of the headlights, rear lights, front and rear bumper, and you will hear the promise that the "Chevrolet SS will arrive soon!"

For those of you who do not remember, the SS is rumored to be powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 348 horsepower and 381 pound-feet of torque. It will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013.

The peek-a-boo session with the production SS happens pretty late in the video and the rest of it is pretty dull, so we’ll spare you watching the whole video for just a few seconds of goodies. The sneak peak occurs at about the 10:49 mark on the video. Feel free to watch the entire video if a NASCAR reveal is tickles your fancy though.

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New details leaked on the Chevrolet SS and Porsche 918 Spyder

Both Chevrolet and Porsche have already confirmed the existence of the SS performance sedan and the 918 Spyder supercar respectively, but the details offered on both of these models are quite limited. Thank goodness for the internet because now we can tell you more about both models due to some new details that have popped up online!

As many probably know, the future Chevrolet SS will be built on the same architecture as the Camaro - an architecture that has already been thoroughly criticized for weighing too much. Chevrolet hopes to change that by working hard on reducing the total weight, a measure that will improve the car’s fuel efficiency, performance, and handling. In order to reduce the weight, Chevrolet will use high-strength steel, electric power steering, and lightweight suspension and interior components. The future SS will also benefit from new safety features like front-collision and blind-spot alert systems.

As for the Porsche 918 Spyder, recent tests proved the supercar can hit a top speed of 200 mph and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in sub-3-second. Yep, that’s enough of an update for us!

We’re looking forward to finding out more on these two models, so stay tuned!

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Official: Chevrolet Confirms its Worst Kept Secret, the SS

It’s not too often that us auto industry buffs get a chance to toot our own horns by calling our shots and being right. To be honest, most of the time we end up being wrong when we start calling our shots. But when we do smack that nail right on the head, we like to let you know about it ASAP…

On that note, remember the long trail of breadcrumbs that we have been following since 2011? If you don’t, allow us to refresh your memory:

May 29, 2011: TopSpeed reports, via GM Inside News, that GM will start importing the Holden Commodore to the U.S. for the first time since the G8 was discontinued.

April 20, 2012: TopSpeed reports that the “SS” moniker was officially trademarked by GM, after 51 years of using it on various models. Some other experts claim this was just to protect the “SS” trim levels, but we knew better.

April 26, 2012: TopSpeed digs up a report about OnStar botching a test run of their site and mistakenly displaying the 2014 SS Performance and Cadillac ELR.

Now we have real-life news on the Chevrolet SS front, as GM has officially released, FINALLY, something that we have all pretty much known for at least a few months. For the 2014 model year, Chevrolet will import the Holden Commodore and badge it as the Chevrolet SS – no “Performance” after it. Chevy will have the SS on showroom floors starting in late-2013.

Not only is the SS coming to showrooms, it will also run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Its debut will occur at the 2013 Daytona 500 race.

Finally, we can put to bed the ongoing mystery of Chevy’s odd breadcrumb trail and start focusing on the next in line, the yet-to-be-announced Cadillac ELR.

Click past the jump to read GM’s official press release on the Chevy SS.

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