2014 Chevrolet SS is the Pontiac G8, Only Better

Anyone who felt jilted by the departure of Pontiac, listen up– this may be General Motors' 'Mea Culpa.' The much-hyped Chevrolet SS is finally here, and it gives the Bowtie Brand a respectable, rear-drive V8 ride that instantly makes the Malibu look like the vanilla-flavored slug that it is. GM, please, please, please let this spell the end of front-wheel drive sedans with an SS designation. That's dumb. This is smart. Based on the Australian Holden Commodore, the SS is a V8 rear-wheel drive performance sedan. Chevy has gone to great lengths to say that this is not the Pontiac G8. It looks like a G8 to us, and that's a good thing. As GM points out, the SS is the first rear-wheel drive performance car with four door since the 1996 Impala SS. Under the good is a LS3 V8 that displaces 6.2 liters and puts out 415 horsepower. Power is sent through a six-speed transmission, operated via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. According to GM, it will do the 0-60 sprint in around five seconds.

2014 Chevrolet SS is the Pontiac G8, Only Better

The exterior look is very Malibu-cribbed-onto-Commodore, which is fine with us, provided it drives as good as advertised, or anything close to the G8. Where the SS departs from the G8 is with the interior. This is where GM actually stepped up its game. Were seeing a large touch screen, with Chevy MyLink. In all, we'll have to wait until we see, feel and drive it in person. Until then, we can say that the SS looks the part of a performance sedan not to be taken lightly. PHOTOS: See more of the 2014 Chevrolet SS

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