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BY: Jonathan

2015 Chevrolet SS | Reviewed

A Camaro in Caprice clothing.

[gallery ids="542261,542264,542266,542267,542262,542263,542265"] Photos & Words: Evan ‘Evo’ Yates Exterior: The new Chevy SS is probably the most unassuming performance car ever with its cousin, the fourth-generation GTO coming in a close second. If you don’t know the history of the SS or Chevy in general, you’ll more than likely pass it off as a Malibu, Impala or even a Cobalt. To some, the mundane appearance could be a turn-off and doesn’t justify the price tag but the Chevy SS isn’t for the person yearning for the fanfare. However, Chevy did a respectable job in adding performance-inspired appointments with a menacing front fascia, chrome fender vents and rear deck lid spoiler. Staggered 19-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in high-performance Bridgestone tires are also a nice touch although I would love to see the wheels in a more aggressive shade such as gunmetal or black. Interior: Inside the Chevy SS is a perfect mix of sport and class with racing-style seats similar to those in the new Z28 Camaro and leather and suede covering the dash and doors. The SS could easily seat four full-size adults comfortably and everything is properly laid out in the cabin. The only gripe I had with my six-speed manual model was that with drinks in the cupholders it was a little difficult to shift gears properly. A/V: Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with the eight-inch touch screen is a breeze to operate and the bluetooth streaming audio makes for easy connectivity with your smart phone. The heads-up display (an option I usually could care less about) was actually very helpful in a car such as this as I opted for the screen that displayed MPH and RPM which certainly aided in regulating my driving style with such a powerful vehicle. Performance: Driving the 2015 Chevy SS is a visceral experience that will leave you grinning ear-to-ear after every romp of the gearbox. You truly feel that you’re driving a modern muscle car and forget that you’re behind the wheel of a sedan akin to a Chevy Malibu. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of driving a Camaro SS or Corvette, the feeling is virtually identical to the Chevy SS. With the 6.2L LS3 under the hood pumping out 415 horsepower and 415 ft lb of torque mated to the TREMEC TR6060 six-speed manual transmission, the SS is just plain bad ass and will plant you in your seat. The LS3 also barks out a sultry exahust note that you simply never get tired of hearing. On top of it being loads of fun, the SS is also quite streetable when you want it to be which is the brilliance of a car such as this. Yes, you can actually have the best of both worlds. And the SS isn’t just great for romping down a quarter-mile, it also handles the curves effortlessly thanks to the Magnetic Ride Control and MacPherson suspension. And to make sure you get this beast to a screeching halt, massive Brembo brakes on all four corners come standard. Floss Factor: Unless you come across a die-hard Chevy and/or Holden fan, you won’t earn any extra props on the streets with the SS. However, knowing you have a sedan that could whip the pants off most vehicles on the road while still being able to seat multiple passengers and haul luggage should be satisfaction enough to any hardcore car guy (or gal). Damage: $47,640.00 Power: 415 hp/ 415 ft lb torque 0-60: 4.7 sec Gas Cash: 17 MPG (combined)
June 30, 2015 at 02:13 PM
BY: Bix

Holden Boots An SS V Redline Ute Around The 'Ring In Record Time (w/Video)

The Thunda from Down Unda takes to the Green Hell.

Eeeeeeeverybody tests on the Nürburgring Nordschleife these days. Except, apparently, people who make "commercial and utility vehicles." Because when Australia's Holden went to see if they could crack the record for that category with their SS-V Redline Ute, they discovered the record didn't exist.
June 28, 2013 at 05:50 PM
BY: Bix

Chevrolet Is Bringing The Corvette Stingray And The SS To The 'Ring

Along with a couple of wild cards.

If you're reading this and you happen to be an American ex-pat with a love of V8 Chevrolets living in Germany, well, we have some good news for you.
February 28, 2013 at 08:06 PM
BY: Michael

2014 Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan Pops Up In Daytona

V8 and RWD yes; sadly, no manual, though.


Story: Jonathan Millstein

Speedweek is well underway down in Daytona, and if you look beyond the boobs and beer that scatter the infield, you may notice a slew of cars—with the new 2013 Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan leading the pack. It should come as no surprise that Chevy took to NASCAR's most famous track for the SS's debut given their history together and the SS racecar's racing debut taking place this weekend. What would come as a surprise, pleasantly I may add, was that Chevy finds the new SS racecar leading the field to the green courtesy of rookie Danica Patrick. While there will be substantial differences between the SS Danica will be driving Sunday and the one you'll be able to purchase in late 2013, there's no doubt the consumer SS was born from Chevy's racing heritage. The SS will be the first rear-wheel drive V-8 sedan Chevy has produced in more than 15 years and, the LS3 motor is projected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. It will also be displacing 6.2 liters, which is more than the the 5.5-liter V-8 of the SS racecar used to capture the pole. The SS will have an automatic transmission, but will feature paddle shifters on the wheel to help launch the sedan from 0-60 in about five seconds. Built to drive the SS is no slouch either when it comes to technology in the car from Chevrolet MyLink to a Bose sound system. But it's Speedweek not the Consumer Electronics Show, so if you want to know more about the interior the press release makes for great reading. [via General Motors]

February 20, 2013 at 07:41 PM
BY: Bix

Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan Coming On February 16th

Ten days until we see the latest word in American performance sedans.

This just in: Chevrolet's highly-anticipated SS performance sedan (which we rendered late last year, as you can see above) will make its debut on February 16th, one week before the 2013 Daytona 500.
February 06, 2013 at 08:22 PM