Here it is, the new Chevy you've been waiting for. Sort of. Chevrolet today announced the return of a V-8 powered, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan to the U.S. lineup, the Chevrolet SS. Here it is in next year's Sprint Cup NASCAR trim. No, you really can't tell what it actually looks like from this official photo released by Chevy. Looks like a checkerboard version of the Car of Tomorrow in this picture.
The SS will be Chevrolet's next NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar and will debut in its race configuration at the 2013 Daytona 500. It will arrive as a 2014 model in showrooms in late 2013. It'll be the first rear-drive Chevy sedan since the ill-fated Caprice and Impala SS of 1996.
According to Chevy's press release this morning, the SS will be a derivative of the global rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden's upcoming VF Commodore. It'll be built in Australian and our guess is it will be closely related to the Caprice cop car Chevy is now selling. Just a guess, but that probably means four doors instead of two.
"As a passionate race fan and performance enthusiast, I am thrilled that Chevrolet will deliver a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR racecar in the SS that is closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "The Chevrolet SS is a great example of how GM is able to leverage its global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience that extends beyond the track. I am personally looking forward to driving it."