The 2014 Chevrolet SS is about as close as you can get to buying a four-door Camaro, but with the added benefit of a top notch inside and also a decent-sized trunk. When Americans are charged with generating points that are distinctly Australian, a couple of things enter your mind: Crocodile Dundee, Foster’s beer, kangaroos– and also possibly Wilderness Steakhouse, for those who are truly unfamiliar. High-performance, rear-wheel-drive super-sedans do not typically appear on the listing, however they should, as Australia has a lengthy heritage of developing just such monsters. One on that particular listing is the brand-new 2014 Chevrolet SS, developed as well as integrated in Australia as the Holden Commodore but imported to the UNITED STATE It’s the very first rear-wheel-drive performance sedan Chevrolet has used because the old Impala SS was stopped in 1996, which means it has a pretty serious efficiency heritage to promote. This is not the very first time a variation of this car has been brought to the U.S. Pontiac G8 from 2006 to 2009, and a long-wheelbase variation of the SS is offered purely to authorities departments in the U.S.
Mood. The company intends to leverage its worldwide reach as well as boost Chevy’s efficiency chops– and, honestly, any justification to bring a moderately priced high-performance muscle mass vehicle to our coasts is an excellent factor to us. On paper, it certainly has the goods– a 415-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that drives the back wheels via a six-speed transmission; huge wheels as well as sticky tires; a sporting activity suspension; bolstered seats; as well as even more. But the marketplace for super-sedans is tiny, as well as there are already some serious gamers in the UNITED STATE SRT versions of Dodge’s Battery charger as well as Chrysler’s 300 models. Can the brand-new SS kept up the big pet dogs in the muscle-sedan section? It looks excellent on paper, but face to face the SS looks rather common. The Pontiac G8 had an angular muscularity to it, yet those difficult functions have actually been softened substantially for the brand-new SS, creating something of a dissolved Hyundai Genesis look. The acquainted split Chevrolet grille is up front, flanked by fronts lights that look derivative of the old Suzuki Kizashi or Chrysler Sebring. Out back, two typical taillights top off a high tail. Generally, the appearance appears, uninspiring and also unobjectionable.
Choose one in the best color– like silver or greenish-gray– and the police officers aren’t likely to give you a 2nd look as you blow past them. Luckily, the SS is a lot more amazing to drive than it is to look at. Under the hood is GM’s 6.2-liter, LS3 V-8 engine that makes 415 hp and also 415 pounds-feet of torque. It coincides engine that’s fitted to the existing Camaro SS as well as the sixth-generation Corvette. It benefits a blast from zero to 60 miles per hour in “around five seconds,” says GM. That sounds rather obscure, yet it really feels impressive. Stomp the accelerator, and the whole auto squats on its haunches and also launches you forward with a throaty, bellowing roar that really feels entirely out of character based upon its family-sedan origins. Unlike many brand-new high-performance cars and trucks, the SS includes just one suspension tune– no electrically flexible dampers or steering here.
Chevy has tuned it the way it desires it, which’s the auto you’ll get. GM called it in well, with a stronger than expected flight as well as superb body control that make for exceptional cornering capability. Component of that prowess results from the large, 19-inch Bridgestone ultra-high-performance summer season tires, front and also rear. The combination of a firm suspension as well as huge summer season tires was wonderful on the smooth, level asphalt roadways of Palm Springs, Calif., where I drove the cars and truck, however one does ask yourself how that company trip would certainly do on busted pavement. The steering is a little numb on-center as well as does not provide as much feedback as I would have liked, due in part to its electrical power help. It’s accurate, but not horribly communicative. The brakes are Brembo four-piston calipers up front with enormous two-piece rotors, and they offer phenomenal degrees of self-confidence in perky driving: With prompt bite, company feel and no noticeable discolor (despite consistent use in the twisty, desert-mountain roads I stormed via), the brakes are superb.
The very same can not be stated regarding the gas economy. The SS is rated 14/21/17 mpg city/highway/combined, so it gets slapped with a gas-guzzler tax obligation of $1,300. That most likely isn’t much of an obstacle, nevertheless, as buyers of high-performance automobiles seldom place gas economy extremely high in their factor to consider collection. Desire a fuel-efficient household car? Go purchase a Cruze diesel. Intend to frighten the neighbor kids whenever your turn shows up in the carpool rotation? The SS has familiar GM parts throughout as well as a layout comparable to that of the Impala in terms of form and type. It’s an eye-catching interior, yet it appears it’s trying a little bit too hard to be unique– perforated leather as well as artificial suede on the control panel, integrated with two kinds of chrome trim and an embroidered SS badge, make it look a little bit flashy. Shoppers who otherwise would certainly be taking a look at a Camaro, though, will certainly find it perfectly appropriate. The switches are every one of the most recent GM high quality, which is to say fairly great, and a touch-screen is within simple reach and also is flanked by real switches for the majority of features.