The return of the big, bad American sports sedan?: Chevy close to unveiling new SS
Were you a big fan of the short-lived Pontiac GTO coupe that was essentially the now defunct marque’s swansong? According to reports out of Detroit, GM is gearing up to not only bring back the Australian-bred Monaro platform that underpinned the last incarnation of the GTO stateside, but they’re going to use it to bring back a worthy performance sedan to the Chevrolet stable.
In 2014, Chevrolet will begin selling the “SS,” an abbreviation for “super sport” commonly given to the performance versions of the standard offerings sold under the bow-tie badge. Most recently, Chevy introduced a concept car back in 2003 that bore the SS moniker that was everything a die-hard fan could ask for: smooth looks, wide stance, enough room for all of your friends and an gigantic engine to move them.
After The General filed for bankruptcy back in 2009, most fans lost hope that they’d ever see a production model of the SS concept or any car like it given the new strategy and leadership at Chevy’s parent company. It looks as though skeptics were wrong, however, as GM seems to be not only borrowing design cues from this pre-bankruptcy concept car, but using the platform of what many critics called the last nail in Pontiacs coffin to get it off the ground.
The 2014 SS will debut at the 2013 Daytona 500 as Chevy’s official race car for the Sprint Cup series, and will be on dealer lots later in the year.
Currently, drivers who may have had run-ins with the law lately may have gotten a sneak peak at the new SS, as reports speculate that it will closely resemble the Caprice Police Car Chevy already sells as a fleet model. As well, people who got a chance to get behind the wheel of the Pontiac G8, the Monaro-based sedan Pontiac replaced the aging Grand Prix with during the brands final model year, probably have a good idea what the chassis feels like.
Do you think GM is doing the right thing by taking cues from its past to craft a winner for the future? Leave your responses below: