The rumors on this one have been swirling for years, but now it’s finally official: Chevy will return to the world of rear-drive, full-size performance sedans in late 2013 with the arrival of the 2014 Chevy SS Performance sedan.
There were no specifications given, but Chevy did say the car would be a limited edition which, when tied with the SS branding, likely means no V6. Think 6.0-liter V8 (which they’ve already got certified for US duty in things like the Caprice above) and, maybe, a hotter version with a supercharged LS9/A 12-18 months after introduction. We’ve got our hopes set on there being a six-speed manual optional (as it was on the G8 GXP) as well as a standard 6AT.
We do know that this will be based off of the new VF Commodore, based on the Zeta platform, is expected to have better aerodynamics than the current car, a lightweight aluminum hood and aluminum body panels to further reduce weight.
GM couldn’t let a rear-drive sedan announcement go by without justifying their expenditure in NASCAR saying, “As a passionate race fan and performance enthusiast, I am thrilled that Chevrolet will deliver a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR racecar in the SS that is closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale.” Mark Reuss continued, “The Chevrolet SS is a great example of how GM is able to leverage its global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience that extends beyond the track. I am personally looking forward to driving it.”
By the time this is released in 2013, it will be the first time in 17 years (!!!) that Chevy will have had a rear-drive sedan in the U.S., the last was the Caprice which died in 1996.
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