General Motors isn't set to begin producing the new Chevrolet SS until early next year, but the company has recently been spotted testing the model on U.S. streets. Our spy photographers managed to click a few photos of a heavily camouflaged version of the sedan before engineers spirited it back into the relative safety of the automaker's facilities. Even so, those on hand could easily hear the bark and snarl of an impressive V8 propelling the machine around. Odds are that's a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter lump behind the headlights, though GM was using a Cadillac CTS-V chase vehicle to keep pace, leading some to speculate as to whether or not the company may be considering a supercharged version.

Sounds like fun to us. We can clearly see a set of massive front brakes at work on the machine, however. After a closer glance, it looks as if the Chevrolet SS may roll out the door with six-piston calipers on hand, though the wheel spokes make visual confirmation a bit tricky. The shots also clearly show off a muscular set of dual exhaust and meaty rear tires out back.

While most of the nose is obscured by camo, we can see a set of LED daytime running lights peeking through the mesh. The Chevrolet SS will be built alongside the next-generation Holden Commodore in Australia beginning in 2013. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


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      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that America, the birthplace of the musclecar, might be excited about this car (and the positive reviews of the last, short-lived G8) makes this Australian proud. They're just so ubiquitous down here that we forget just what an impressive car it is for the money. Just don't hold your breath for stand-out interiors or prestige materials, that's not what they're about. Pity it's biggest competitor here -the Ford Falcon - wont ever leave these shores. A Mustang body on that car's running gear would just be something to die for! ; )
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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am so excited about this car. The G8 was a fantastic car and way overlooked. If there's a 400hp+ V8 model that can be had with Brembos and without all the leather/nav crap, it'll be my next car no doubt. Manual or auto either one will be fine with me.
      T
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Charger SRT-8 will finally have some competition. Hopefully it will force them to lower the price and add some sort of forced induction. Will Ford have an answer to this? How about the Australian Falcon?
        Slizzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T
        Falcon won't happen. The past two Commodores (current VE and this forthcoming model based on the VF Commodore) were built with world crash regulations and left hand/ right hand drive in mind. Falcon hasn't benefited from that development.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Slizzo
          The old Falcon, yes. The new Falcon is rumored to share a global platform with the new Mustang. Ford may have written off the 300/Charger twins, but you can bet Ford is keeping an eye out now with GM bringing the Chevy SS to market.
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        RT_Freak
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T
        The next gen SRT-8 has been confirmed to carry a 6.2L Supercharged Hemi. This engine will reportedly make in the neighborhood of 520-550 HP.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      On one hand, I think it would be good if GM only offered this as a true premium, sporty sedan -- thereby justifying the 'SS' name. The downside is that volume would be very low and prices would have to be very high (in my opinion very high means $35k-50k). Instead, I expect GM will offer this sedan just like their other models -- with multiple trim levels. I'll be surprised if they don't offer a cheaper V6 base model, a mid-level V8, and a true 'SS'/Z V8 package. The confusing thing about this approach, as many have noted, is that the base model won't seem very 'SS'-worthy. Nonetheless, I think they will really strive for higher volume with a cheaper base option.
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      KaiserWilhelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm happy they are going to build this car...but I really hope its not just called the "SS", that would be wrong on many levels.
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just read this on Car and Driver http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2014-chevrolet-ss-spy-photos-news "Powertrain: Even though Chevrolet has yet to confirm which V-8 engine is headed the SS’s way, we expect it will launch with the 6.2-liter V-8 from the Camaro. The SS’s big eight-cylinder will make more power than the PPV’s 6.0-liter V-8; expect something in the neighborhood of 415 hp. We’re told a 3.6-liter V-6 will enter into the powertrain mix somewhere down the road. If you needed any more reason to be excited about this car, a 415-hp Pontiac G8 GXP we tested way back in 2009 reached 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Here’s to hoping that car’s six-speed manual makes it into the Chevy version. " If there is some truth to this news about an eventual 3.6L engine, this would imply two things for me. 1. The name SS may just be a place holder for now. I can't see a car called Super Sport with a V6 (unless it's a 3.6L TT). 2. Offering a 3.6 would be for greater market appeal, and (projected) production numbers well beyond 1-5k units. Plus: "Estimated Arrival Time and Pricing: The NASCAR version of the new SS is due to be revealed later this summer, but the production car won’t make it into showrooms until next year " This may be timed just before the unvieling of the Holden Commodore VF in October at the Australian International Motor Show.
        Kevin Holden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        Monte Carlo S was V6 lol. A turd at that.
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      ramairjer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Poor man's CTSV? Do it GM!
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      So far do good but I'll wait till we see the finIshed car to make a judgement . Wish they would get smart and also release a Chevy variant of the UTE .
      Larry Berglof
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow....it looks amazingly like every other car on the road.
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope people will start understanding why they made the new impala FWD........why have 2 cars in the same line up that can compete with each other when they serve 2 different markets.....GM knows that alot of impala buyers dont want a fast car, but normal typical people pusher with some comfort....the SS will be the perfect car to take the sports sedan segment.......cause i know every body a camaro, but not the coupe styling.......lance.b
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it's going to be built along side the next generation commodore - does that mean the next generation zeta platform? Or is this the upcoming omega platform? Can someone please clarify? Regardless, it looks great - I mean, the G8 was a great car so they really can't miss. I do wonder how this will sell at Chevy dealerships along side the new Impala which is also a great looking car. They are both large cars but maybe the Impala will be strictly 4 and 6 cylinder and the SS will be strictly v8 - in which case I'm guessing it will be positioned higher than the Impala? Is that correct?
        Slizzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian
        This is based on the VF Commodore, which uses an updated Zeta architecture. Apparently more aluminum is going to be used in construction to try to keep weight down on the car. This is a huge plus for me. Previously the G8 was based on the VE Commodore.
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      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      if it looks good, it will sell well here. i dunno why gm didn't bring the holden cars here sooner.
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