As a throwback Las Vegas magician might say while whipping the sheet of his latest trick, "Alakazam!" The 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS race car has just been unveiled in Vegas and these are the first images. It will campaign in the top-tier Sprint Cup series next year, replacing the Impala nameplate that has done 12 years in stock car racing over two stints, the most recent from 2007 to the end of this year's season.

There are more hopes resting on the bulging wheel arches of the NASCAR SS than race wins. True, even though it's powered by a small-block Chevrolet V8, its Car of Tomorrow architecture means it bears little actual connection to the coming SS production sedan. But there's every hope the race car can provide an oval-tested halo for that road car, the latter being the first Chevrolet sedan in 17 years to be rear-wheel drive.

Chevrolet says that a "limited production version" of the SS will hit dealer showrooms late next year as a 2014-model-year sedan. Before that, the NASCAR SS will debut at next year's Daytona Speed Week that runs from February 16-23. Supposedly during that week, on February 21, the production car will be revealed, too – the same day as the next-generation Holden Commodore, which birthed the SS, is being revealed in Australia.

There's a press release below with a bit more info, and we'll be bringing you live images and more details on the long awaited Bowtie racer soon.
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2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS Unveiled
Will Debut at the 2013 Daytona SpeedWeeks in February

LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet today opened a new chapter in its storied racing history, unveiling its eagerly anticipated 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS race car. Powered by the legendary small block V-8 engine, the rear-wheel drive performance sedan will be Chevrolet's newest entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2013 SpeedWeeks in Daytona, Fla.

The new NASCAR race car closely resembles the all-new rear wheel drive V-8 Chevrolet SS performance sedan that will debut early next year.

"As a passionate race fan, the debut of the SS NASCAR race car is a genuinely exciting moment for me," said GM North America President Mark Reuss. "With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day.

"The Chevrolet SS also demonstrates how we are able to leverage our global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience," Reuss said. "The specialized development and testing work done for the race car will certainly benefit the entire Chevrolet product lineup."

The Chevrolet SS is the next in a long line of famed nameplates that Chevrolet has campaigned in NASCAR. It replaces Impala, which scored 152 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12.

"We are looking forward to another exciting year of NASCAR competition and expect that the new SS race car, with some of the most skilled drivers on the circuit behind the wheel, will distinguish itself on the track," said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

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 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 long used 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 to be offered with an SS optional package 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 SS designation returned to the Chevrolet lineup in 2010 with the debut of the fifth-generation Camaro.

Chevrolet has 702 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, more than any other manufacturer. Fonty Flock earned the manufacturer's first win on March 26, 1955, at Columbia, S.C. Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson achieved Chevrolet's 700th victory earlier this month at Texas Motor Speedway.

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 to the lineup is expected to further 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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      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the fact that, in addition to headlight stickers, they've been thoughtful enough to add exhaust pipe stickers in the back... Nice touch, lol...
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wow! I'm having flashbacks to the movie CARS...
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      So stupid, they should make Nascar actually use the car as a platform! Like WRC, they heavily modify it, but atleast the body looks like the car. Then again it is a sport where all they do is go in circles.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It'll never match the timeless good looks of the G8.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd much rather see the actual SS and not this "car."
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol @ painted lights and exhaust tips
      Mike Hunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see the TV ads right now: "This isn't your Daddy's Caprice".
      • 2 Years Ago
      IT'S MY '91 LUMINA Z34!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really looking forward to seeing the production model. It's hard to get a good perspective from stickers on a NASCAR sheet metal body. With the right proportions and depth, it could look good. However looking at just a flat visual of it on this NASCAR body, it isn't looking too promising. I hope I'm wrong.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cant wait till they reveal the new track it will race on!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      They haven't been stock car racers for a long time, but because of that, street cars don't have to compete. Its too late for Nascar, but it would be nice if a popular racing league existed that raced near stock cars. Give em roll cages, fuel cells, and racing tires, required safety equipment, but pretty much stock. Don't all the Nascar cars have the exact same specs? Vinyl graphics are the only way to tell them apart.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is most likely what the car will look like. The new bodies are crafted to look very much like the production car. GM said a few months ago that the car will look very similar to the production car.
      David Opanga
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not in love with this whatsoever....Chevy dropped the ball once again. GO BRAD K in the sexy ford fusion for 2013! Best looking one for 2013! Blue deuce will go great with the ford black & blue livery!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Opanga
        The SS stock car may look Super Sh!tty. But at least it has its RWD V8 layout in common with the production counterpart . The Fusion stock car is just a poseur that looks somewhat like the real Fusion with nothing else in common. So I'd say Chevy just dragged its ball across Ford's face.
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