Chevrolet Back In RWD Market With SS

We already know that the Chevy line-up includes more performance cars than any of it's U.S. rivals. However, the RWD performance sports sedan segment is almost entirely dominated by Chrysler's 300 SRT and Charger models.

Currently build by GM Holden in Australia, the #Chevy SS will correct that imbalance, and put Chevrolet back in the RWD game. The company hasn't had a rear wheel drive performance sedan since discontinuing the Impala SS in 1996.

The Chevy SS went on sale here in October, and is being imported from Australia. It's being aimed at performance minded buyers who prefer the space and comfort of a four door vehicle with a trunk. With the 2014 Corvette Stingray and Camaro Z/28, Chevy has a lot of momentum going with sports cars right now.

Pitted primarily against the Charger SRT, the Chevy SS is slightly smaller, but about 400 pounds lighter and $4,000 cheaper. It's not quite as fast or powerful, but it does come with a V8, the base engine from the last generation of Corvette which should make some people very happy.

GM teased us in 2008 with the RWD Pontiac G8, but killed off the Pontiac brand in 2009 during the financial crisis. Just like the G8, the SS shares a platform with the Chevy Camaro, Holden VF Commodore and the Caprice cop car.

The SS comes standard fully equipped, with a $44,470 sticker on it. The only options available are a full sized spare tire ($500) and a $900 sunroof. It's available in a choice of five colours, but only one interior colour- black with red trim. All models come with high performance Bridgestone tires wrapped around 19 inch forged aluminum wheels and Brembo front brakes. Inside, the SS is luxurious, with a huge rear seating area that offers a lot of legroom.

This is the first Chevy to include automatic parking assist, which helps out with parallel parking. It's also loaded with lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

By Linda Aylesworth -


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