Chevrolet isn't hiding the fact that a new rear-wheel-drive performance sedan – called the SS and seen in full checkered-flag regalia above – is on its way to US shores, courtesy of GM's Australian division. Past its eventual existence, though, we've been kept in the dark. How much will the SS cost? Who, exactly, will it be marketed to? And, perhaps most importantly, what will power the 2014 Chevy SS?

As we all know, General Motors has a cornucopia of engine choices at its disposal, from standard four-cylinder engines to turbocharged four- and six-cylinder units and, of course, the classic V8. Not surprisingly, it's the upper-end of the V8 spectrum we're most curious about. According to the Aussie scribes at GoAuto.com, the SS may be getting the same rockin' and rollin' supercharged mill that so ably (over)powers the Camaro ZL1. Yes, please.

Backing up GoAuto's assertion are some engineering mules being tested by Holden that reportedly have the tell-tale whine of a supercharger underhood. Considering that both the SS and Camaro will be sharing the same basic Zeta underpinnings, the addition of the stupid-powerful V8 seems distinctly possible. Let's hope.


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      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      God. Dammit. FORD. Bring over the Falcon already! I want to stay true to my Ford fanboyism, but if you don't bring over the Falcon, I'll probably be going to the dark side and getting an SS. Chevy gets that people want cars like these, why can't you?
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Blame the Aussies for driving on the wrong side of the road.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        You'd be better off converting. Ford's RWd sedans are gonna die. That rumor of the Mustang platform being co-opted for Lincoln is so far just that: a rumor.
        Locky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Because the current Falcon (FG Series) was never originally designed for LHD and this same model is carrying on until 2016. Down here in Australia most people in the industry are very sure that Ford HQ in Dearborn will kill off the Falcon at that point and we will be forced to take the Taurus in its' place....sad but very true.
          domingorobusto
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Locky
          My hope would be that if they did shutter Falcon production in Australia that they'd ship all the tooling over here to have it built in the US, which would let it bypass all those tarriffs that made the G8 too expensive. And while they were adapting it to meet US crash and emmissions standards, it'd be a reasonably simple thing to make it LHD. It'd just require a new prog die for the cowl, not cheap, but certainly doable. This would also give them a better excuse for releasing the Falcon ute as the Ranchero again, to fill that gaping void in their lineup left by the Rangers demise. But you're right, it isn't going to happen. I don't understand the decision, at all, but that's what's going to happen. And the world will be a slightly worse place for it.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think a high-end version is very possible for this car but I'd be surprised if it's available as soon as the normal version(s). I still think the SS naming is confusing -- the base model V6 will still be an 'SS' and the V8 and supercharged model will be an 'SS ?'. Also, I hope they discontinue the 'LTZ' trim line. What is that supposed to mean anyway?
        EJD1984
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        Possibilities for the top SC model SS-V SS-Z Though this car just needs to be called Chevelle!!!!!!
          Slizzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EJD1984
          Should just follow the Commodore naming scheme. SV6 for the 6cyl, SS-V for the 8 cyl.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        There is no base model or top tier model. There is just one SS for one year. GM has said they will see how it sells in that first year and decide if it is something that can continue to be sold or even expanded on. I agree that naming it SS makes it hard to expand it into a whole model range unless they rename it when they do.
          EJD1984
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          I know, just thinking out-loud and offering options. Since there is also talk of eventually offering a V6 as well, this car just needs a real name. I just hope they keep the it at a reasonable price point. $35-$40k would be just about right (and affordable).
          Josh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          SO no volume model? Just a limited appeal high-cost big engine at first? O right. Why should I expect any more from a company that thinks a cadillac-priced electric chevy was a good idea for 'principle' purposes.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          The Volt doesn't have a Cadillac price tag.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          They are going to sell it for more than one year.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        I agree. GM has a lot of names in its past that it could use on this car. SS is not only confusing, but calling it this also seems kind of lazy on their part.
      DaMaine1
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ Julius. I agree, howeve, by GM making it a limited production vehicle even if the sticker is priced under $60K the dealers will no doubt inflate the price once its on the lot. I'm hoping I can pre-order one soon before greed sets in.
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm hoping there is two-tier performance options, and a supercharged engine would be an option. Mainly because of cost. I could see a supercharged SS V8 costing $50k+ Personally I'd rather have a Caprice.
      Farmerboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      under 35 k would be nicer. i hope they change the headlights and trail lights and dashboard so it is a mild redo like the 2012 toyota camry got. I know gm can do better then recallota
        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Farmerboy
        I think this car will be niche and I think that means you are looking a lot more than 35K. The mining boom in Australia is pushing the Aussie dollar to high for a cheap export program. Australian production doesn't need to be very high by US standards to still be doing very well, so volume sales aren't the be all and end all for this program. What might happen is the supercharger is a top line option only and later V6's might be offered. That would certainly help with prices.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Charger SRT-8 better watch out.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm excited to see it.
      richardcreme
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wouldn't need anything over 350hp. I would like to see a 225 hp and 310 hp model.
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      Put a small turbo diesel 6 in there. 40+ mpg and 4 sec to 60 === Winner!
      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      well ford can't compete with that, the Taurus isn't going to get the GT500 engine any time soon. and this would blow away an SRT8... the numbers would put it in E63 terriroty.
        Fonin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fonin
        of course from the perspective of the USA, where ford doesn't have any RWD sedans in production.
      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM needs a new version of it's 3.5L 'buick' V8 add direct electronic injection, variable valve timing and 4v/cyl. put out huge amts of hp and torque like 300+ still tow and still have good economy on reg. gas and make that the high end of the V8's after all when they sold it off to Rover/Jag/FORD they still use it in their cars.
      JayP
      • 2 Years Ago
      What if this were a Buick?
        roadhazzard11
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JayP
        I just can not get excited about this car as a Chevrolet, just the brand name gives it the subpar rental stigma off the bat. I think it would have made a great Buick and would continue to modernize and infuse youth into the brand.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @roadhazzard11
          Really? Even when considering the Corvette, Camaro, and all of the cool cars from its illustrious past, such as the Chevelle , Nova SS, El Camino SS, earlier Monte Carlos, and K5 Blazers, etc.? I agree that there have been a lot of crappy Chevys with rental car appeal, but it's not fair to judge them all that way. You gotta look at the big picture. The fact is is that GM is trying to bring some of that former glory back to the brand, and I don't see why they can't succeed in doing that. If Hyundai can come to be considered a respectable in the short time it has, then why can't Chevy?
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