Calling it "Holden's worst kept secret," a report in Australia's Drive indicates that the General Motors antipodean brand will announce "very soon" that it will be exporting "thousands of Commodores to the U.S. from 2013." Or, put another way, we will be getting thousands of Chevrolet SS Performance sedans – the Pontiac G8 in a previous life – starting next year.

The report says Holden is divulging the news earlier than planned because leaks just about everywhere, including OnStar, as well as trade-publication reports and speculation about GM's 2013 NASCAR entrant, have got everyone looking southward for confirmation of the answer we already (almost) know.

Drive says our rear-wheel drive Chevrolet will get a revised take on the VF-model Commodore that has an aluminum hood to make it lighter and less aggressive wheel arches to make it more slippery. No hard numbers are attached to the export rumors, but it is expected to number "much fewer than the 50,000-odd" units that were predicted for the Pontiac G8 program.

The scintillating line for bitter enthusiasts still chafing over the confirmed-then-cancelled G8 ST Ute corn tease is that the exports "could also expand to involve ute and sportwagon variants." Drive didn't, but we will emphasize the word "could," since we've been here before. However, that does jive with a report in Car and Driver indicating the same thing. Holden's announcement could be made as soon as later today right now – see below for update.

*UPDATE: Well that didn't take long. General Motors has officially confirmed that the new Holden-derived sedan sold in the U.S. will be called simply Chevrolet SS. The "limited production" SS will race in NASCAR beginning with the 2013 Daytona 500 and will appear in showrooms in 2014. GM isn't getting into specifics, but says "The much anticipated Australian-built car will benefit from significant technology advances which enhance overall performance." As to additional bodystyles like a wagon or pickup, well, GM isn't saying. See more in the official press release added below, and click on the image above to get a look at GM's newest racer all camo'd up.
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Chevrolet Announces New SS Performance Sedan
Will compete in 2013 NASCAR and arrive in showrooms as 2014 model


DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced the return of a V-8 powered, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan to the U.S. lineup, the Chevrolet SS. The SS will also be Chevrolet's next NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar and will debut in its race configuration at the 2013 Daytona 500.

The limited production version of the Chevrolet SS will be a 2014 model and will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013. It is the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the United States.

Chevrolet has a long history of using the SS (Super Sport) designation on high-performance models of some of its most enduring nameplates. The SS designation first appeared in 1957 on a Corvette prototype race car built under the guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov with the plan to enter it in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

The first production vehicle offered with an SS option was the 1961 Impala – 453 were built with the performance upgrades which included a modified chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering column mounted tachometer and unique wheels and tires. The latest SS model in the Chevrolet lineup is the fifth-generation Camaro, which debuted in 2010.

The Chevrolet SS will be a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden's upcoming VF Commodore. The much anticipated Australian-built car will benefit from significant technology advances which enhance overall performance.

"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," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "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."

Chevrolet was America's best-selling performance car brand in 2011 with Camaro and Corvette accounting for one out of every three sports cars sold in the United States. The addition of the SS should strengthen Chevrolet's position as a leading performance brand.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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      Justin L
      • 3 Years Ago
      So does this mean G8 GXPs will become cheaper?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw a red Ponitac G8 with a 6-speed manual this pass week-end at our local McDonalds car show, and I told the owner that was my next car, although with a six speed auto for me. It was red with black interior and had only 19,000 miles. Since I just sold my orginal 94 Vette with automatic and shift kit, etc., I am missing rear wheel drive with power. Just turned 70 so I would like a car that easler to get in and out of. I stopped drag racing only a few years ago and was in the mid elevens. RWD, large V8 with technology in AZ is the way to go. I'll cut off a half hour going to Vagas!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best news I've heard from GM in a while (albeit one of the worst kept secrets as well...?). Hopefully, it looks just as good as we're hearing in these reports. I know I'm a bit ahead of myself saying this, but hopefully we can see a Vauxhall VXR8 equivalent of this car on this side of the pond in a couple years as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Absolutely kick arse if that happens, the VXR8 or HSV in Australia really rocks my socks. You should see the intrument and info clusters in that interior (, G forces, Lap Times, Oil Temp etc etc, like a Nissan GT-R. All you need to do is throw a Walkinshaw blower kit on this puppy and you'll instantly cream your pants after going sideways for a mile or two in a cloud of smoke. As Hammon said on Top Gear when he tested it (the VXR8 Bathurst Edition), "The Baliff will never catch you in this thing"
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please give us a manual. I don't want to have to choose from one of only six G8 GXP's with the 6MT for sale in the entire US on AutoTrader.
        • 3 Years Ago
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy SS sounds odd.Why not call it something like Belair SS or Chevelle SS?
        Thomas E.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Flawed logic on GMs part then. Despite the controversy at the time, the Charger ended up being successful for Chrysler. Unlike the Charger however, the Chevelle actually had a Sedan and Wagon variant. Chevelle SS would have been a fantastic name for this car. Imagine the magazine headlines: "Charger VS Chevelle!" But that would involve GM not being boring.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was slightly hoping for the Chevelle nameplate to be revived. Dodge Charger vs. Chevrolet Chevelle.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It would be lovely and fitting if they put that monkier on a 2 door, RWD Malibu.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to remind that the photo above is speculation based on the CURRENT model of Commodore. We will be getting the REFRESHED version so it's likely ours won't look much like the render and we can't tell much from the VF Commodore link. Perhaps an updated render based on the new model would help. Regardless, this is good news. As someone who almost bought a GTO but didn't, then seriously considered a G8 but bought a Mustang GT instead, I am looking forward to this car. As long as it's even decent looking I will not hesitate to pull the trigger this time. I regret not buying both of those cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I figure that I should be able to purchase one about 2 years from now, when the second batch comes from Australia. Not only should the initial firestorm (and price gouging) be calming down, but I think that the second batch of SS cars should be in a more reasonable 3-5K units. I'm kind of getting the feeling that the SS is more of an warmup opening act for an eventual long-term/high-volume rwd sedan return to both Chevrolet and Buick here in North America. PS - Does anyone know when Holden is slated to show the new VF?
      Dan S
      • 3 Years Ago
      The handing improvement from VZ to VE was incredible (most Commodores usually feel like boats). I hope the American versions retain some of their Australian handling characteristics.
      • 3 Years Ago
      2014? That's a while away yet. I'm hoping by then I can find at least one Caprice on used cop car lots.
        Dark Gnat
        • 3 Years Ago
        2014 model year. 2013 calender year.
        Don G
        • 3 Years Ago
        A chevy dealer in Laurel MD has one on its used car lot. Its red.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will they make the same 'mistake' as the G8 when they shipped it with a better stereo than you could buy from GM here?
        • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I know what I'm trading my G8 in on then... YEAH!
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