While we're not ready to label this the return of the Pontiac G8, count us eager to get behind the wheel of whatever a "2014 Chevrolet SS Performance" turns out to be. Hopefully the appearance of this reference on the OnStar website is more than just a digital placeholder.

Chevy SS rumors have been swirling lately, with General Motors registering the "SS" trademark earlier this month, just days after our spy shooters caught what looked like a hotted-up Impala. Then there's the NASCAR situation: Chevrolet has said its new entry in the racing series will be both a new vehicle and a new nameplate. We're guessing that car isn't going to be the Spark.

So this new OnStar "leak," if it is such a thing, would point to the Chevy SS being a separate model (you can check it out on OnStar's site here). If we are reading our tea leaves correctly, the model will be derived from the rear-drive Holden Commodore (the same Zeta architecture that underpins Chevrolet's law-enforcement-only Caprice PPV), while the brand's front-drive Impala will get a new, sportier variant. We'd also assume that the long-wheelbase version of the Commodore used for the Caprice cop car would donate its top-level powertrain, the 355-horsepower, 6.0-liter V8.

Maybe we should just press the OnStar button and ask?


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      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ahh yes... Once again my G8 is going NO WHERE until I hear more about this SS... I'd like a new 4 door RWD car as long as it's priced right.
        Mike F.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        What I'm worried about is that if this car comes to be, it sounds like it will be bigger like the Caprice PPV. I don't think I'd want anything bigger than the G8. I guess it's all speculation at this point though.
          Neil
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mike F.
          the only way it can get bigger than the caprice, which is already bigger than the 300/charger' is if it has cadillac badging! as of right now, there is going to be a rwd cadillac flagship. they just dont know if it will be a rebadged sls from china, which is a long wheelbase sts or base it on the caprice, which would be better!
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, I'm getting a little tired and weary of all the Chevrolet/Holden SS/Chevelle/Whatever sedan rumors and speculation. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the car, and hopefully will be able to purchase one, but I'm just going to wait until I see an actual picture (even a spy-pic) - Then I'll get my hopes up.
      jawsvs
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car will get the new Gen V V8, not the ancient 355hp 6.0.
      ChrisDPrice
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't help but think that when you say you have an "SS Performance", people have to ask "an SS Performance what?". Like I have an AMG, an M, an SRT... Aren't these terms usually modifiers of the actual model itself? Maybe I'm just not fully getting it yet. Of course, there was the so-successful SSR, so maybe they are on to something here.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ChrisDPrice
        I'm wondering if they aren't considering using SS as the make. SImilar to how the Viper is now called the SRT Viper, not the Dodge Viper. It started with the Dodge SRT-4 (the Neon name was omitted officially) IIRC. So, maybe this will be the first in a line of actual SS vehicles with more to follow. It does make for an interesting dilemma about the Corvette though, as Zora Arkus-Duntov once said (I believe), "Every Corvette is an SS" when asked about why there have been no Corvette SS models. Would be weird to have them include other models, but leave out the one that is the best performer of the bunch. So, my guess is that this vehicle won't simply carry the name SS, it will probably be the SS something. Chevy wants the SS line to be more like the SRT, SVT, AMG, M, S etc. vehicles that we see from other automakers. They are considered almsot different models as opposed to just a trim level. It's just pure conjecture on my part, but that's my feeling on it.
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds to me like a "performance division"??? ie "M", "V", "SRT", "AMG" etc...
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        That would be Pontiac, and it ain't happening.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          No, that's a brand. This is exactly as Toneron state, a division within the brand, like BMW's M-Cars, M-B's AMG cars, Chrysler's SRT cars, Cadillac's V-Series cars etc. Those are all still sold under their brand names, not as differnet brands as you are thinking.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        That's what I'm thinking.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope this car sells very well. Maybe Ford will take the hint and offer at least one car model with RWD that isn't a Mustang.
        Neil
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        dont count on it! at one time ford was going to bring its australian falcon to the US.... now its being discontinued! the taurus is absolutely beautiful, but is front drive and has a very cramped interior for its size! ford is going down hill fast. first the crown vic, town car and entire mercury line...now the falcon and e-series vans. their popular models that have out-sold everything else are being dropped. i guess i will be keeping my 85 grand marquis around, cuz they certainly dont build them like that anymore!
          nettsu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Neil
          And the Falcon won't survive past 2016 Australia is getting the Taurus instead
      Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      guys go to Holden.com.au and look at the Commodore, the new VF model Commodore is due for release next year and that is what's rumoured to be the new Chevy SS. The Caprice PPV is a version of our Caprice which is basically the LWB version. Some people get confused between the Commodore and Caprice but they are different cars. Some of us find it funny down here that you guys are getting Caprices as cop cars when all the police forces here use commodores instead.
      Tyler
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is the avalance on the list I thought they were stopping production in 2013??
      Law school=no car $
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need to make a modern bad ass car. Just like the Buick Grand National of 86-87 or the Impala SS of 94-96. They could use the new twiin turbo V6 GM is developing as a base model or an LS style V8 at the top. That would be great!
      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't SS traditionally "Super Sport"? The Caprice sedan hardly embodies this. Talk about bringing down the meaning behind the designation.
        Neil
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        all gm has to do is put the cts-v's engine under the hood and the 300/charger srt8 would be laughed at! performance isnt restricted to small cars! not to mention the cars of the 60' and 70's has many times more power than the cars of today!
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Neil
          Do you think that's going to happen? Most of these will have GM's respectable, but not 'SS', 3.6L V6.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Good thing that's not it then right?
      regionrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are plenty of old Chevy nameplates that will have a LOT more cache than "Chevy SS." If they're gonna actually bring the Holden over for civilian use (the G8 really was fantastic), do it right.
        Thomas E.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @regionrat
        I have to agree. "Chevy SS" sounds boring and doesn't really get me excited. They should choose a classic name like the Impala or Chevelle. I personally think Chevelle would be an awesome choice but people will probably get upset and remember the Chevelle as being a two door. It wasn't always a two door however. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/%2772_Chevrolet_Chevelle_Sedan_%28Centropolis_Laval_%2710%29.jpg But even then the Charger being made into a Sedan was controversial but it didn't stop the car from being a huge hit.
          kcroc10077
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thomas E.
          Chevelle would be a great name. GM needs to insure that the car meets peoples' expectations. When I think Chevelle, , I think performance. Look at how the Impala name is tarnished. To GM--If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      SS still stands for Super-SPORT right? I've seen washing machines more sporty than this
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        Than what? The police car in the photos? The only thing it has in common with an SS car is the platform it's on.
        nettsu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        This looks like a pretty sporting washing machine to me... http://www.hsv.com.au/e3/grange/
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