The model, as expected, will be driven by the rear wheels — the first time in 17 years that Chevy will offer a RWD sedan in the U.S. — and will be “a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel drive architecture” that has resulted in such vehicles s the Chevy Camaro and Holden’s forthcoming VF Commodore. In addition, the “much anticipated Australian-built car will benefit from significant technology advances which enhance overall performance.”
The SS, or Super Sport, designation has been a hallmark of high-performance models in the Chevrolet stable; the designation first appeared on a 1957 Corvette prototype race car build under the supervision of Zora Arkus-Duntov, with plans to enter the car in the 24-hour of Le Mans race.
The first production vehicle with an SS badge available to the public was the 1961 Impala. 453 copies were built containing performance upgrades such a modified chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering column mounted tachometer, and unique wheels and tires. The latest Chevy to wear the SS badge is the fifth-gen Camaro, which made its debut in 2010.
In addition, the SS also be Chevrolet’s new NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar — pictured here — and will debut in its race configuration at the 2013 Daytona 500.
“As a passionate race fan and performance enthusiast, I am thrilled that Chevrolet will deliver a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR racecar in the SS that is closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. “The Chevrolet SS is a great example of how GM is able to leverage its global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience that extends beyond the track. I am personally looking forward to driving it.”
Now, who’s in for some SS?