WR TV: 2014 Chevrolet SS Street and Track POV Test Drives
By Bradley Iger
November 03, 2014
Today we’re getting up close and personal with Chevrolet’s performance sedan, the SS. From a fundamental standpoint, the SS shares much its mechanicals with the gone but not forgotten Pontiac G8 GXP, a car which itself was largely derived from the Holden Commodore. Back in 2009 the G8 was heralded by many as “the poor man’s M5”, so considering the close lineage, the SS brings with it some high expectations.
Power comes from a 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 that makes 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque and sounds great while doing it. For 2014 a six-speed automatic gearbox is the only transmission available, though a Chevrolet rep has told us to expect an optional six-speed manual gearbox to be on the option list for 2015, along with the GM’s excellent Magnetic Ride Control suspension system.
In the meantime we’re happy to make do with this model, which comes standard with a limited slip differential, Brembo front brakes, 19-inch forged wheels, MyLink navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, rear view camera and a host of safety features like Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert. With destination and gas guzzler tax, our option-less tester comes in at $45,770.
Let’s take a look around the SS and then hit the streets. We also recently got a chance to see how the SS performs on the road course at Willow Springs and we've included a clip from that test drive here as well:
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