It won't be long before we see the official, production-ready Chevrolet SS sedan (hint: it will be revealed this weekend). And to tide us over until all of the official details are released about the US-spec version, we have this: the Holden VF Commodore SS V show car, a performance-oriented brother to the Calais V that debuted earlier in the week.

What we really want to know about the SS V is what lies underhood, but General Motors' Australian arm is keeping that under wraps until the Chevy model breaks cover this weekend. Nevertheless, it's obvious that the SS V will be a serious performer, with all sorts of aggressive cues driving that home on the car's exterior. Take a look at those 20-inch billet aluminum wheels that hide big Brembo brake calipers up front, the sculpted hood and front fascia, the wide air intakes with LED running lights and the quad exhaust pipes out back. It's like the Pontiac G8 GXP never even left us.

Inside, there's a sporty-looking interior with aluminum accents that mix in with black leather and suede surfaces, all tied together in the middle with an eight-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system. It looks great, and again, while we don't know anything regarding powertrain details, it makes us oh-so happy to see a manual shifter smack dab in the middle of the center console.

Stay tuned for the whole kit and caboodle when the SS sedan is revealed this weekend. For now, scroll down to read Holden's press release and click through the attached gallery to see the shape of Chevy things to come.
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Holden Signals VF Commodore Performance Intent with Striking New Sport Luxury Show Car

Holden has taken the wraps off its stunning new performance sedan show car ahead of the VF Commodore's international debut as the Chevrolet SS Sports Sedan in the USA this weekend.

Unveiled as a precursor to the new VF Commodore sport luxury range, the new VF SS V show car applies a serious performance edge to the luxury hero concept Holden previewed in the VF Calais V earlier this week.

The new VF Commodore will introduce a range of technology firsts for an Australian car, including Reverse Traffic Alert, Head-up Display, Blind Spot Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Auto Park Assist when it arrives in Australian showrooms mid-year.

The VF Commodore sport luxury range is more refined than any car previously produced by Holden, embodying the same design sophistication, premium appointments and attention to detail as the Calais V luxury sport concept.

The SS V has a mature, new aerodynamic exterior design, which has been finished in eye-catching custom Fantale orange metallic paint specially created by Holden for the show car.

Inside, the SS V benefits from a sleek, new interior design layered with up-scale finishes of suede, galvano chrome, gloss black and perforated leather with accent stitching. The result is a premium-grade cabin detailed with motorsport-inspired touches including carbon fibre look cross-car applique, stitched leather instrument binnacle and sports profile leather steering wheel.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the new VF SS V show car is a class above any performance vehicle ever created by Holden.

"When it came to our sport luxury range, we wanted to create an Australian performance car that would be at home just about anywhere in the world," he said.

"VF Commodore's pure driving enjoyment and advanced technology are good enough to seriously challenge any large performance sedan on the planet.

"We've also packaged VF's performance and technology in a stylish and sophisticated design that will be right at home on any street from George Street, Sydney to 5th Avenue, New York City.

"And this will become reality when Mark Reuss President of General Motors North America, unveils the VF Commodore as their top-of-the-range Chevrolet sports sedan at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway in Florida tomorrow."

VF SS V Show Car Exterior

True to tradition, the SS V-Series show car is designed for maximum look-at-me impact.

The performance show car is a custom-finished, 'amped up' pointer to the VF sports range, to be launched mid-2013. It's muscular design is enhanced with a bespoke paint job in brilliant metallic orange, contrasted against glossy black multi-spoke wheels.

Striking exterior treatment aside, the preview gives prospective buyers an idea of what to expect when Holden's VF sport luxury range makes its showroom debut.

Under spotlights, the show car's glowing finish emphasises the more sculpted, layered surfacing and bolder graphics that give the VF SS V-Series Commodore a powerfully different sports design character and complement its classic rear drive performance car proportion.

Peter Hughes, Holden's Design Manager, Exteriors, said the creative team relished the task of preparing a hero show car version of the upcoming VF SS V-Series Commodore sedan.

"We wanted to put something out there that made a bit of an impact," he said.

"The design was an exercise in exploring future options and gauging buyer reactions. We may get some polarised opinions, but that's all part of the process of experimenting with different ideas and anticipating market trends.

"The surfacing of the new VF is inherently more flamboyant and contemporary. And the fresh front and rear end sports graphics on the SS V in particular are really vibrant and distinctive.

"Factor in all the things we know and love about the Commodore – its great stance, silhouette and proportion – and we had a great canvas to work with.

"The SS V show car isn't too far removed from the final design intent – we've just amped it up a little.

Holden Designer Manager, Colour and Trim, Kirsty Lindsay, said the team developed a unique paint colour and finishes to complement the SS V's sleek exterior design and set it apart from the luxury sport-themed Calais V.

"The gloss black paint on the hand-machined double five-spoke wheels is a custom finish, while the cool gunmetal chrome detailing on the front fascia and the vertical fender vents is less overt, more in tune with this car's luxury persona," she said.

"With the fusion of gloss black elements, the gunmetal chrome and that sensational orange metallic finish, we wanted to blur the boundary between luxury sports tourer and dramatic sports machine".

VF SS V Show Car Interior

The show car's impressive cabin layout is the real deal – entirely new and close to mainstream VF SS V production design intent.

The theme is well-appointed sport luxury: dark-toned, subtle and sophisticated. The feel is first class. This is a carefully considered ergonomic design, defined by the use of high-quality materials, careful tailoring, craftsmanship and comfort.

Nothing has escaped attention – from the instrument panel and centre console with its advanced infotainment graphic interface to the motorsport-inspired steering wheel, the switches, the shifter and the new electric park brake.

Bolstered sports-profile seats are tailored in soft, jet-black leather and suede with perforated leather inserts and contrast stitching. There are reflective accents in galvano chrome and gloss black; new instrument graphics gleam in deep-cowled cluster housings beneath a stitched leather binnacle.

Sharon Gauci, Holden's Chief Designer, Colour and Trim, says the design philosophy behind the VF SS V-Series sport luxury interior represents a departure from previous models.

"It's evolved from a bold approach into something more in tune with the sophisticated technological nature of this car," she said.

"The sport interior retains all the classic sports cues but pays tribute to Holden's performance heritage in a more understated way.

"We took a jet black background palette and enlivened it with silky chrome highlights and tactile, soft-textured materials.

"There's real cohesion between decorative elements such as the deck and twin needle accent stitching that's repeated on the seats, the doors and the instrument panel.

"The sports DNA may be more subtle, but it's apparent everywhere around you – from the central accent stripe on the seats to the perforated leather inserts, the carbon fibre look cross-car applique, the SS-V Series embroidered ID on the instrument panel, alloy-faced pedals and the traditional red-lit graphic displays".

SS V-Series show car exterior feature highlights:

- Custom Kandy 'Fantale' metallic paint finish
- Twin five-spoke 20-inch wheels, hand-machined in billet aluminium, custom finished in gloss black
- Front Brembo brake calipers finished in gloss silver
- Wide, dominant front fascia features traditional sports grille and a prominent lower air intake, both laced in custom gunmetal chrome
Sculpted, jewelled halogen projector headlamps with black bezels curve into prominent front fenders, flared, aero-modified wheel arches
- Muscular lower fascia incorporates LED daylight running lamps and black bezel fog lamps, custom gunmetal chrome accents, outboard extensions integrated into sharp sports rockers
- Prominent VF aluminium hood with centre crease emphasises performance potential; two raking spears sweep from the A-pillars
- Low, wide VF rear sports fascia – streamlined graphics with integrated tail lamps, aluminium decklid, body-colour bib spoiler, custom gloss black finish sports valance incorporating licence plate and quad V8 exhausts
- In profile, vertical fender vents and window surrounds are finished in custom gunmetal chrome

SS V-Series show car interior feature highlights:

- All-new instrument panel with integrated centre stack combines high-resolution Holden MyLink infotainment system with 8-inch touch screen, climate and other controls
- Ergonomically advanced design relocates controls to more convenient positions, introduces console-mounted electric park brake control
- Cowled, angled instrument dials flank a LCD Driver Information Display screen with colour graphics
- All-new seat structures combine sports back and high-bolstered side support
- High-quality, layered finishes in smooth soft-feel leather and suede with perforated leather inserts are accented by contrast twin-needle and deck stitching
- Sports profile leather wrap steering wheel design is motorsport-inspired
- Ice blue ambient lighting illuminates lower centre console and door pull recesses
- Extra large dual cupholders can accommodate a wide range of container sizes

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing offensive about it and nothing striking about it really. I think the wheel could be a little more concave like the ones on the ZL1. I do really like the interior though. I would choose this over a Charger SRT8...depending on pricing obviously.
        • 2 Years Ago
        And more importantly, there's obviously the chance there will be a manual transmission available with this. For those that really want that it could seal the deal over the SRT.
      • 2 Years Ago
      WANT, or do I neeeed it?! Happy to see the G8GT returning by another name.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is going to be in the between he camaro and corvette in price so I'm guessing 35 to 40,000.... But this car is sweet holden knows how to make a performance sedan.
        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        If you get one for 40 it was probably a demonstrator. Mid 40's is more likely.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad, not bad at all. I still think the G8 looks better, but this is far from ugly. Mostly I'm just crazy excited the Zeta sedan is coming back to America, no matter what form it's in! GM needs to not be idiots and put a manual in the mid-level V8 car. SO many more people would have bought the G8 GT if there had just been a manual option.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Maybe I'm in the minority here but I kinda like this better than the G8.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Unfortunately there is no mid-level car, but a manual will be available.
      Eddie Dwyer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks good!
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now THAT'S more like it! The G8 GXP LIVES! :D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gen V small block (possibly the LT1 itself) with 6-speeds of the manual and automatic varieties.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it looks fantastic in and out. It may be \"slightly\" anonymous, but its a strong design. In my opinion the G8 looked pretty bland in most pics Ive seen, but see one in person or one driving towards you on the road, and the exaggerated wheel flares, evil eye look of the headlights and the body lines look so good. I think the same will ring true for the SS. Its gonna look quite good out in the wild.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the car, and yes it is like the G8 never left, which it should have never left. So for that matter, did they even change the greenhouse over the G8? It looks identical right down to the chrome around the windows.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm thinking the final look, configuration, etc... are all going to be minor compared to what the final decision on pricing will be. Mid 30's = they'll sell every one they make. Mid 40's = going to have to be pretty special to sell decently. (You could obviously dissect that to death, but you get my point).
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think in order to have success it needs to more or less shadow Charger pricing.
        • 2 Years Ago
        They will probably sell every one they make. GM already mentioned that they aren't expecting high volume (10k-15k annually). They're also not expecting to keep much inventory so if you want one you have to order it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice! I imagine this is pretty much the Chevy SS minus the Holden badges. Just hoping it has an LT1 or an LS7 so it can justify its alleged "premium" MSRP.
      Malou H
      • 2 Years Ago
      how can i afford this ANDDD a c7 GRRRRRR lol
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