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]
There are plenty of cars scheduled to make their production debut next year that have us pretty excited: the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Ferrari Italian Jesus Supercar, the Chevrolet C7 Corvette, Lamborghini's 50th anniversary car, the Porsche 911 GT3, etc. etc. But there's more than exotica to look forward to in 2013—and at the top of that list lies the 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan.