The slew of new VF Commodore variants and showcases continues. Earlier previewed by the VF Calais V and VF SS V, the next to pop up is the US-bound Chevrolet SS, which made its Stateside debut at Daytona. It’s due to make its market debut there in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The Chevrolet SS wears a LS3 Chevrolet 6.2 V8, which is expected to deliver 415 hp and and 563 Nm of torque. It’s the same mill as found in the 2013 Corvette, and here is married to a six-speed automatic transmission, with TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
The promise of sporty comes with a near 50/50 weight distribution and low centre of gravity, made possible in part by the aluminum hood and rear deck lid that are 30% lighter than traditional steel panels.
Standard kit includes Brembo brakes with ventilated 355 mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers, as well as 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, wrapped with 245/40 and 275/35 rear rubbers.
The interior features leather seats, a Bose nine-speaker premium sound system, colour HUD and push-button ignition among others, and a SS emblem is prominently stitched onto the soft-touch instrument panel.
Electronic assist items include StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert and a rear-vision camera. The SS will also be the first Chevrolet to offer Automatic Parking Assist.