The number one complaint about the 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan is that there is no manual transmission option. It’s interior, handling, acceleration, and styling – though perhaps a step below its Pontiac predecessor – are all a B+ or higher by most accounts. It’s a working man’s CTS-V. A bit of luxury and plenty of performance in a package that suits four or five adult occupants.
Of course whenever you offer a performance car – whether it is a sedan, coupe, or convertible – there will always be a demand for a manual transmission. Purists will cry foul, and the engineers behind it may even be struck by lightning. Unfortunately, like the G8 GT before it, the 2014 Chevrolet SS did not offer the familiar Tremec 6-speed trans. Though no official word has been given at GM, Motor Trend’s sources say that situation has been remedied for the 2015 model year. Adding insult to injury was the knowledge that its Australian counterpart, the Holden Commodore SS, offered the venerable slushbox.
In addition to backing the 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque LS3 with a 6-speed manual transmission, the 2015 Chevrolet SS is also said to offer Magnetic Ride Control (like other performance models including the Corvette, Camaro ZL1, and CTS Vsport). For those who don’t know, Magnetic Ride uses sophisticated shock absorbers that can automatically adjust the dampening to match road and driving conditions. Though the SS is certainly not lacking in the handling department, it will be yet one step closer to the Cadillac CTS Vsport in providing best-of-both-worlds ride quality and performance driving dynamics.