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GM's Reuss Talks 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan
More Details on Chevy's New Tire-Scorching "Halo" Four-Door Emerge
By Nate Martinez | December 05, 2012
While exact details are under wraps until its world reveal in February (likely at the Daytona 500), we'd be stunned if the street 2014 SS didn't have a version of GM's 6.2-liter V-8 under its hood -- possibly a derivative of the new C7 Corvette's upcoming powerplant -- with at least 400 horsepower on tap, mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. "It'll be a halo car for Chevrolet because we really don't have a high-performance four-door sedan. It fills that niche," Reuss said of the new sedan.
Reuss wanted to build upon the G8 GXP's capabilities for the new SS. A 2009 model powered by a version of GM's 6.2-liter V-8 we tested hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds; a quarter-mile in 13 seconds flat at 109.6 mph; and achieved 0.90 g average on the skidpad. "The chassis of the VE Commodore is phenomenal. But I think the refinement and user interface things will be quite different. And I think that this will be a very special car for Chevrolet," he said. As part of developing the SS, Reuss and Co. also decided to simplify the packaging formula that it had executed for the G8. So (at least for now) that means no SS V-6 or other lower level trim packages/variants.
In addition to being a focused car, it will be relatively exclusive, with an initial annual production run in the 5000 to 10,000 range, but Reuss says GM will have the ability to ramp up production if demand warrants. "We can make as many as people want. And that's really a great way to run kind of a business with this car," Reuss said.
Campbell believes the SS is in a league of its own. "For the street SS, it's interesting because at a Chevrolet level there's not a lot of competition," Campbell said. "You would have to move up to a luxury category. You can't really look at other vehicles that are larger, car-based, because most of them are front-wheel drive."
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