2014 Chevrolet SS - The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Chevrolet SS is American muscle with an Australian accent

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The interior of the SS will definitely accommodate five adults—with 39.7 inches of rear legroom it’s not just for kiddies. You can have any color interior you’d like, as long as it’s black. Leather seating surfaces are standard, as are eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering that hug the driver and front passenger in tight-handling situations. The SS emblem is prominently stitched onto the soft-touch instrument panel which features two types of chrome finishes – a satin gloss and bright chrome. At night, the interior is illuminated by ice-blue ambient lighting. An electric parking brake frees up additional space in the center console. The car’s only options are a power sunroof and a fullsize spare tire.

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The SS’s steering system employs a variable-assist electric power steering system (EPS) that saves fuel by drawing energy only when the wheels are turned. The variable-effort design provides lighter parking efforts at low speed and greater effort at higher speeds, for a more direct steering feel. The system is also calibrated to detect constant driver steering wheel load due to factors such as road camber and crosswind. The system will compensate to reduce steering effort to a more neutral.

If you never learned to parallel park, the SS is also the first Chevrolet to offer Automatic Parking Assist, which provides hands-free parking help. This standard features uses an ultrasonic sensing system to detect the width and depth of either parallel or reverse right-angle parking spaces. While the driver controls the throttle, transmission and brake, Automatic Parking Assist controls the steering inputs necessary to park the vehicle.

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Oh, and about the SS name. This is the first time SS has been used as a model name and not a model designation. Why? According to Leone, it fit in with Chevy’s marketing plans. They couldn’t call it the Impala SS because the Impala name was being used on another vehicle. Caprice SS didn’t seem to make any sense, especially since the Caprice name is used on the larger police-only version of this platform. Plus, Caprice SS was really oxymoronic. Chevelle didn’t work because that was always a name attached to a midsize car and the SS is (by EPA classifications) a fullsize automobile.

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“SS supports Chevrolet’s performance car strategy. The name is clean and the person who buys this car will be proud to call it that,” Leone said.


2014 CHEVROLET SS SPECIFICATIONS

Overview

Model:

2014 Chevrolet SS

Body style / driveline:

rear-drive, front-engine, four-door, five- passenger sedan

EPA vehicle class:

full-size

Manufacturing location:

Elizabeth, South Australia

Key competitors:

BMW 5-Series, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus SHO

Engines

6.2L V-8 (LS3)

Displacement (cu in / cc):

376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block material:

cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

Cylinder head material:

aluminum

Valvetrain:

overhead valve; two valves per cylinder; roller lifters

Ignition system:

coil-near-plug ignition

Fuel delivery:

sequential fuel injection

Compression ratio:

10.7:1

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

415 / 310 @ 5900 (SAE certified)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

415 / 563 @ 4600 (SAE certified)

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended not required

Maximum engine speed (rpm):

6600

Emissions controls:

evaporative system, close-coupled catalytic converters, positive crankcase ventilation, electronic throttle control

EPA-estimated fuel economy (city/ hwy):

14 / 21

Transmissions

Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic with TAPshift

Gear ratios (:1)

First:

4.03

Second:

2.36

Third:

1.53

Fourth:

1.15

Fifth:

0.85

Sixth:

0.67

Reverse:

3.06

Final drive ratio:

3.27

Chassis/Suspension

Front:

multi-link MacPherson strut; direct-acting stabilizer bar; progressive-rate coil springs; fully adjustable camber, caster and toe

Rear:

four-link independent; progressive-rate coil springs over shocks; stabilizer bar; fully adjustable camber and toe

Steering type:

electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion

Steering ratio:

52 mm / rev

Turns, lock to lock:

2.8

Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):

37.4 / 11.4

Brakes

Type:

four-wheel disc with power assist, Brembo vented two-piece front rotors, solid rear rotors; standard ABS

Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):

front: 14.0 x 1.26 / 355 x 32

rear: 12.7 x 0.87 / 324 x 22

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size and type:

19 x 8.5-inch aluminum (front)

19 x 9-inch aluminum (rear)

Tires:

P245/40ZR19 (front)

P275/35ZR19 (rear)

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm):

114.8 / 3916

Overall length (in / mm):

195.5 / 4966

Overall width (in / mm):

74.7 / 1897

Overall height (in / mm):

57.9 / 1470

Track (in / mm):

front: 62.6 / 1590

rear: 62.4 / 1585

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3975 / 1803

Interior

front

rear

Seating capacity:

2

3

Headroom (in / mm):

38.7 / 983 (without sunroof)

37.3 / 947 (with sunroof)

37.5 / 954

Legroom (in / mm):

42.3 / 1074

39.7 / 1008

Shoulder room (in / mm):

59.1 / 1501

59 / 1499

Hip room (in / mm):

57.2 / 1453

58 / 1473

Capacities

EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):

106.9

Cargo volume (cu ft / L):

16.4 / 464

Fuel tank (gal / L):

18.8 / 71.2

Engine oil (qt / L):

8.0 / 7.6

Cooling system (qt / L):

11.6 / 11

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