After all sorts of rumors, speculation, conjecture, and discussion, GM has finally pulled the wraps off the 2014 Chevy SS Performance Sedan no more than 12 hours ago.
There’s a lot to love about the car, such as the idea behind a rear-wheel drive performance sedan with a powerful V8 that has great style and presence, as well as the performance characteristics to back it up; throw in the high-quality cabin for five and in-vehicle technology that rivals the equipment list of a Cadillac, and it would seem that the SS couldn’t be any better. But that’s not to say that Chevy’s first RWD sedan in 17 years is perfect.
The biggest gripes seem to be the “play it safe” exterior design, the six-speed automatic transmission (an automatic in a performance vehicle?!), and the decision to stick GM’s last-generation LS3 small-block V8 engine in the engine bay. So when one considers the simile made by GM VP Mark Reuss — that the SS Sedan will be equivalent to a four-door Corvette — the Australian-built sedan disappoints by not only using a slush-box automatic (where’s that 7-speed from the 2014 C7 Corvette?), but by also not offering GM’s newest powerplant in the form of the LT1. The fact that customers will most likely be expected to shell out north of $40 grand for an SS doesn’t help explain the reason for the outdated equipment.
So, all things considered — do you love the SS? Vote away in the poll, then tell us the reasoning behind your vote in the comments.