Chevrolet has officially confirmed the official pricing of the 2014 Chevrolet SS Luxury Sport sedan which is the spiritual successor to the short-lived Pontiac G8, as well as the latest Holden-based vehicle to enter the United States.Pricing for the SS will begin at $44,470 which includes the $995 destination charge to ship the SS to the U.S., but Chevrolet was quick to point out that the sport oriented four-door will also be slapped with a gas-guzzler tax which could drive the price even higher depending how the SS fares in the EPA’s tests for fuel economy. Buyers that do decide to stomach the lofty price will be rewarded with a car that shares much of its styling with the bold and attractive VF Commodore Calias that is sold by Holden in Australia. The bold front fascia is accented by standard HID headlamps which promise to deliver optimum visibility during nighttime driving while the LED daytime running lamps add an elegant and handsome contrast to the car’s visual presentation.
The Dodge Charger SRT8 is the most obvious competitor to the Chevrolet SS; the Mopar starts at $47,445 including destination, but includes Dodge’s beefy 6.4 liter 470 horsepower HEMI V8. Dodge offers more a la carte options than Chevy does, such as adaptive cruise control, a black-painted roof, special leather seats, and a Harmon Kardon stereo. Dodge also offers an optional sunroof, just as Chevy does. The Charger SRT8’s gas guzzler tax is $1,000.
The interior of the 2014 SS will also feature an extensive suite of standard equipment which is due to the company’s decision to only offer the SS in one single trim level with features such as navigation, dual zone climate control, heated and cooled front seats, and a nine speaker Bose audio system all arriving as standard equipment along with a color heads-up display and push button start. Optional equipment is only limited to two minor items the $500 full sized spare tire, and the $900 sunroof that allows occupants to soak up the sunshine during a drive down their favorite back roads.
Performance for the 2014 SS comes from a 415 horsepower 6.2 liter V8 that also cranks out 415 lb-ft of torque. The power is routed to the rear wheels through a six speed automatic gearbox which features paddles on the steering wheel that are a welcome departure from GM’s annoying and awkward toggle switch system seen on many of its other products. Chevrolet claims that this combination allows the SS to make the sprint to 60 mph in the 5.0 second range. However despite the car having a shift it yourself option in its home market of Australia, Chevrolet has no plans to offer such an option for buyers here in the U.S. which may disappoint purists looking for a more involved driving experience from their SS purchase.
Handling has also been sharpened and features a perfect 50/50 weight distribution as well as a low center of gravity which was achieved by using lightweight aluminum for the hood and trunk which is about 30 percent lighter than conventional steel units. Other tweaks include an electronically operated power steering system that promises to deliver optimum handling and feedback while also being optimized for spirited driving as well as meaty Brembo front brakes which feature 14 inch ventilated two-piece discs and four piston calipers.
Look for the 2014 Chevrolet SS to begin tricking into Chevrolet showrooms later this year.