The 2014 Chevrolet SS is the first Chevrolet to take SS as a version name instead of a trim classification, and the initial rear-drive Chevy sedan since the 1996 Impala SS. The SS rides on a modified version of the Zeta platform that likewise underpins the two-door Camaro. It stretches 195.6 inches long, 74.8 inches vast and 58.7 inches tall, making it roughly the exact same size as Cadillac’s range-topping XTS. When we talk about this edition, we cannot see a lot of changes, but modifications there are ..
Styling – Inside and Exterior
There’s most definitely an excellent and a bad in the SS’s styling, and it depends on your assumptions for this high-performance car. If you want to flaunt your performance potential, the 2014 Chevrolet SS probably isn’t a wonderful choice; yet if you like the concept of a ‘sleeper’ car– one that does not give you away to the highway patrol from a mile away– then the SS could be the ideal sort of “under the radar.”.
If you squint simply a little and feel like you’ve viewed this car previously– at the very least from the exterior– you wouldn’t be too far off. The SS is essentially a modified model of the most recent ‘VF’ Commodore SS (the crown jewel muscular tissue sedan from GM’s Australian branch, Holden), which in its previous ‘VE’ generation model made it Stateside as the Pontiac G8. And it’s basically a refined, additional aggressively styled (and shorter-wheelbase) cousin of the Chevrolet Caprice PPV that’s been sold for cops fleets.
The principles of a fantastic car layout are all below, though, and we cherish just how the SS feels stylish, not overwrought (we’ll leave that to the Camaro, right?).
The benefit is that with staggered wheels, a low, wedgy form, and a tapered, teardrop-like greenhouse, the brand-new SS looks both muscle-car-like and streamlined, while the big bow-tie grille calls it out as a Chevrolet. The timeless three-box sport-sedan proportions and reduced hoodline also keep this sedan in great form. The downside is just that the SS is bland. It’s mired in privacy; and to pound another nail in, it’s really not as distinctive, inside or out, as the all-new Impala that got to dealerships this year. And that element may really limit the SS’s allure.
Inside, the SS has even more of a cockpit-like format compared to other existing designs from the Chevy stable (with ice-blue illumination). Thick, encouraging sporting activity seats, an upright, no-nonsense gauge cluster, and a quite thick steering-wheel all contribute to the severe performance look.
Under the hood, Electronics and Features
The only engine supplied is a huge, thirsty 6.2-liter V8, so it’s no surprise that the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan is subject to a $1,300 gas guzzler tax. You likewise simply have one option when it comes to transmissions. The old Pontiac G8 can be had with a manual transmission, yet nowadays if you wish an Americanized Holden Commodore, it’s going to feature a 6-speed automated. Console on your own with the reality that it’s a great auto and if you actually feel like controlling the gear modifications you can consistently make use of the conventional paddle shifters.
415 horse power 5,900 rpm.
415 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm.
EPA city/highway fuel economic situation: 14/21 mpg.
Fuel Economy / MPG
The 2014 Chevrolet SS isn’t really trying family members car obligation (that’s the Malibu or Impala), and in spite of its significant 6.2-liter V-8 it omits fuel-saving technology like GM’s Active Fuel Management, or engine stop-start. It’s completely, it seems, a guzzler.
The bright side, as we’ve observed from a lot of various other cars with very large-displacement engines, is that you likely won’t see considerably less than the EPA rankings– even when you drive the SS hard. On the other hand, it would certainly require quite the enchanting tailwind to come close to 30 mpg.
In a first drive possibility, our automobile was balancing more than 16 mpg on a 65-mile, mainly uphill loophole, then scarcely 20 on a 75-mile, mainly downhill loophole that included some more reserved expressway-and-boulevard driving.
Ergonomics & Electronics:
Requirement in the SS is Chevrolet’s MyLink navigation-equipped touch-screen, and similar to in various other Chevys, it functions quite well right here. All buttons and gauges are the new global GM design, which means they not feel lightweight and plasticky; absolutely nothing feels economical in the SS inside. It’s pretty amazing exactly how much GM has can be found in terms of worldly quality in the past years. Actually, the 2014 Chevrolet SS comes remarkably fully equipped, providing a colour head-up show, power heated up and cooled down front seats, dual-zone environment control, remote motor vehicle beginning, automated parking assist and more. There are simply 2 alternatives for the SS: a moonroof and a full-size beerbelly.
COLOR HEAD-UP DISPLAY
With all the discuss driver diversion this is one function everyone can appreciate. Using the windshield as a mirror, the head-up show transparently positions beneficial info right in the driver’s view.
Consisted of with a 5-year free subscription as part of OnStar, RemoteLink enables proprietors to lock, open, trigger the illuminations and horn, and start their auto’s engine utilizing a basic application on their mobile phone.
2014 Chevrolet SS Safety, Rivals & Price
The SS comes specification with 10 airbags, including knee, side-impact and head curtain airbags. StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear-vision camera with Rear Cross Traffic Alert all come requirement.
The SS is likewise the first Chevy to feature Automatic Parking Assist, which can guide the automobile into either an analogue or reverse right-angle car parking place without any type of input from the vehicle driver.
There are numerous huge, V8-powered rear-wheel drive sedans on the marketplace yet the majority of them are more expensive or much more luxury-oriented than the SS. The car’s major opponent is the 470-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT8.
The Ford Taurus SHO stuffs a comparable principle in a much less powerful, all-wheel drive package. The Hyundai Genesis is even more of a high-end cruiser, yet it is powered by a powerful 5.0-liter V8 that is rated at 429 horse power and 376 lb-ft. of twist.
Considering destination costs and the gas guzzler tax the 2014 Chevrolet SS ‘s asking cost checks in at a great $45,770. Shake in the lone sunroof choice and you’re looking at $46,670. That’s not peanuts, but it is roughly in line with the a lot more powerful yet additionally heavier Dodge Charger SRT8. The Ford Taurus SHO ares heavier and less powerful compared to either the SS or the Charger, but it does flaunt exceptional fuel economic situation, the all-weather benefits of four-wheel drive and a much lower $40,805 cost.