• The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan is Chevrolet's first rear wheel drive performance sedan in 17 years. The SS will also be Chevrolet�s racing car entry in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
  • The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan is Chevrolet's first rear wheel drive performance sedan in 17 years. The SS will also be Chevrolet�s racing car entry in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
  • The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan is Chevrolet's first rear wheel drive performance sedan in 17 years. The SS will also be Chevrolet�s racing car entry in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
  • The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan is Chevrolet's first rear wheel drive performance sedan in 17 years. The SS will also be Chevroletâ??s racing car entry in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

  • The 2014 Chevrolet SS - Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in 18 years - debuts at the Daytona International Speedway Friday, February 15, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Chevrolet SS is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, expected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. It will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds. The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet SS - Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in 18 years - debuts at the Daytona International Speedway Friday, February 15, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Chevrolet SS is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, expected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. It will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds. The 2014 Chevrolet SS will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet trio of performance vehicles (l to r): 2014 Chevrolet SS, 2013 Camaro ZL1 and the 2014 Corvette Stingray outside the Daytona International Speedway Friday, February 15, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan is Chevrolet's first rear wheel drive performance sedan in 17 years. The SS will also be Chevrolet�s racing car entry in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
  • The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan is Chevrolet's first rear wheel drive performance sedan in 17 years. The SS will also be Chevrolet�s racing car entry in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
  • The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan is Chevrolet's first rear wheel drive performance sedan in 17 years. The SS will also be Chevrolet�s racing car entry in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet SS is Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in almost 20 years. The interior of the SS comfortably accommodates five adults. Leather seats are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The Chevrolet SS also features Chevrolet MyLink, push-button start, forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet SS is Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in almost 20 years. The interior of the SS comfortably accommodates five adults. Leather seats are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The Chevrolet SS also features Chevrolet MyLink, push-button start, forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet SS is Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in almost 20 years. The interior of the SS comfortably accommodates five adults. Leather seats are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The Chevrolet SS also features Chevrolet MyLink, push-button start, forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet SS is Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in almost 20 years. The interior of the SS comfortably accommodates five adults. Leather seats are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The Chevrolet SS also features Chevrolet MyLink, push-button start, forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet SS is Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in almost 20 years. The interior of the SS comfortably accommodates five adults. Leather seats are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The Chevrolet SS also features Chevrolet MyLink, push-button start, forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet SS is Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in almost 20 years. The interior of the SS comfortably accommodates five adults. Leather seats are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The Chevrolet SS also features Chevrolet MyLink, push-button start, forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet SS is Chevrolet's first V-8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in almost 20 years. The interior of the SS comfortably accommodates five adults. Leather seats are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The Chevrolet SS also features Chevrolet MyLink, push-button start, forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
When the Chevy SS hits showrooms in the coming months, it will only be offered with one powertrain choice – a 415-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and a six-speed automatic transmission – with just five colors to choose from and two options. That's it. And we should be happy for it.

Chevrolet is reportedly intent on keeping things simple, projecting sales of less than 3,000 units per year – less than a tenth of what it initially projected for its predecessor, the Pontiac G8, which offered three engine options. But if those modest sales targets are met, there's no reason why GM couldn't offer more powerful versions as well.

This according to John Fitzpatrick, who is responsible for marketing Chevy's high-performance models, in speaking with Automotive.com at the SEMA Show last week. If there's enough demand beyond those 3,000 units, GM could bring over the 455- or 580-horsepower versions offered by its HSV division in Australia, whose Commodore forms the basis for the Chevy SS, much as it did for the Pontiac G8. A manual transmission could also be in the mix, but again, only if there's enough demand.

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