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New Chevrolet SS Sedan Pictures and Details



 Chevrolet SS

Finally, we no longer have to ogle the Holden VF Commodore to gauge how the Chevrolet SS sedan will turn out. Folks, this is the Pontiac G8 replacement you’ve been waiting for!

Unsurprisingly, the Chevy SS looks virtually identical to the new Commodore SSV, inside and out, but we’ll get to that later. Let’s instead delve into what everyone wants to know.

Power is provided by GM’s new 6.2 liters LS3 V8 — the same one used in the all-new Corvette Stingray — which is expected to produce 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission, with an aggressive 3.27 final-drive ratio, allows the performance sedan to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 5 seconds, making it one of the fastest sedans on the market.

Though automatic, the gearbox allows drivers to shift manually using steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. That’s the closest anyone is going to get to a manual in this car.


Engine and transmission aside, the SS features a sport-tuned chassis that includes:

  • MacPherson strut front and multilink independent rear suspension geometry
  • Electronic power steering system, optimized for spirited driving
  • Standard Brembo brakes, with ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers
  • Forged aluminum wheels, wrapped in ultra-high-performance Bridgestone tires


A near 50/50 weight distribution, and a low center of gravity — thanks in part to the aluminum hood and rear deck lid that are 30 percent lighter than traditional steel panels — further improve performance around the corners.

Now, back to styling. Staggered front and rear wheels, which are pushed out to the corners, provide the SS with a muscular stance, while its aluminum hood features a subtle “power bulge” hinting at the venomous engine contained underneath. The large interior, at least compared to that of the G8, is serious business, housing a soft-touch instrument panel with a chrome finish and offering such standard features as leather seating surfaces and eight-way power adjustable front bucket seats with additional side bolstering for tight-handling situations.

A long list of technological features is offered, including a color, in-dashboard touch screen that works with Chevrolet MyLink and the next-generation navigation system; a Bose nine-speaker premium sound system, color heads-up display, push-button start, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear-vision camera Rear Cross Traffic Alert. For those that need parking assistance, the SS is the first Chevrolet to offer Automatic Parking Assist.

When the 2014 Chevrolet SS goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013, it will join the Corvette and Camaro to elevate Chevy’s performance credentials.


12 Second-Tier Classic Muscle Cars To Consider For Your Collection, Part 2



1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400, front

These American classics made a name for themselves in a field dominated by Mustangs and Corvettes.

In Part One of our article on second-tier muscle cars, we looked at six of 12 models that are certainly considered genuine muscle cars but failed to make the waves that some of their bigger-engined brothers did. Here are the remaining six lesser known gems of the muscle car era.

1967 Dodge Coronet RT

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T

The R/T was a special model produced to make a statement. While a more domestic version with a 440 CID engine was available, buyers had the option of a monster.

Yes, according to , the Dodge Coronet could be optioned with the 426-cid Hemi. Drivetrain options were Mopar’s excellent heavy-duty three-speed TorqueFlite automatic or a four-speed manual.

1964 Mercury Marauder

1964 Mercury Marauder

The debuted in the middle of 1963 to take part in the horsepower wars. It was available with the 390, 406, and 427 cubic-inch engines, which could be paired with a 3-speed or 4-speed manual, or a 3-speed automatic.

1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427

1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427

The all-new 1965 Biscayne was available with just one engine, a 250 cu in inline-six. That all changed in 1966 when the in-line six became the entry level engine, replaced by the Big-Block 427 cu in V-8 as the top engine.

The high-powered, high-revving 425 hp V8 version with solid lifters proved to be what the doctor ordered.

1965 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Sport Coupe

Introduced in 1964, the Pontiac Catalina was 2+2, a full size coupe based on General Motors’ iconic B-body chassis. It sourced its power from a 421 cu in powertrain with dual exhaust, heavy duty front springs, a 3-speed synchromesh manual transmission (a 4-speed with a Hurst shifter came as an option), and a 3.42:1 performance axle ratio.

1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

Built by Pontiac from 1967 to 2002 — yes, it was around for that long — the Firebird was a very capable machine. Two Ram Air 400 cu in engines were available for the 1970 model year: The first was the L74 Ram Air III model (335 HP) and the second was a 345 hp LS1 Ram Air IV (370 HP) that were carried over from 1969.

The was capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.4 seconds.

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

The Fairlane Thunderbolt introduced in 1964 as a limited production, factory experimental model. A total of 100 units were produced — forty-nine featuring a 4-speed and fifty-one making due with an automatic — which was enough to secure Ford the 1964 NHRA Super Stock title.

The Thunderbolt’s combination of Ford’s light weight, intermediate-sized body with a “high rise” 427 cu in V8 powertrain and dual Holley four-barrel carburetors proved to be a force to be reckoned with in NASCAR.

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Chevy Corvette Gets Big Price Increase For 2019



2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Supercar, black

The C7 Corvette remains a popular sports car even though sales are declining. If you’re hoping to get one, you better act fast.

Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, has revealed that some versions of the 2019 Corvette are getting a for the 2019 model year. The starting price of the base Corvette Stingray has increased by $405 to $55,900, a small differential that gets much bigger as you move up the Corvette range.

For example, the 2019 Z06 coupe now starts at $80,900, representing a $1,405 price hike, while the range-topping ZR1 shoots up by $2,500 to $125,400. Have a look at the price differential for each model…

2019-Chevy Corvette Price increase chart

Chevy has also raised the price for the 8-speed automatic transmission, which now costs $1,995 compared to $1,725 previously.

It’s not clear why the prices were raised across the board, especially since Corvette sales continue to decline.

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GM Kills Chevy Volt, Impala, Cadillac CT6 In North America



2019 Chevrolet Volt EV

The American automaker is cutting back on its sedan lineup with the closure five factories in North America.

General Motors has announced that it will discontinue production of several of cars as it shifts its focus to trucks and crossovers.

The company plans to idle its Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Canada, Lordstown Plant in Ohio and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan by the end of 2019. The slow-selling Chevy Volt, Impala, and Cruze, as well as the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac CT6 and XTS will all be casualties of the plant closures.

Production of the Chevy Cruze and Volt are expected to cease in by March 2019, while the Impala will live on until the end of 2019. Buick LaCrosse will say adieu in March 2019, followed by the Cadillac CT6 in June 2019 and the Cadillac XTS in Q4 2019.

The decision coincides with an industry-wide preparation for lower sales and continued shift away from sedans as buyers increasingly gravitate towards high-riding models. Earlier in 2018, Ford announced that it would stop making cars except for the Mustang in order to focus exclusively on trucks utility vehicles.

GM intends to prioritize future vehicle investments in next-generation battery-electric architectures and consolidate 75 percent of its global sales volume onto just five vehicle architectures by 2030.

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