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Chevrolet SS at 2014 Twin Cities Auto Show

Big car performance is back from Chevrolet.

2014 Chevrolet SS is the first big car V8 RWD platform from GM since 1996.
2014 Chevrolet SS is the first big car V8 RWD platform from GM since 1996.
Photo by author, Aaron Ahlstrom

Only this time the “SS” insignia has become its own distinct model, and not some emblem slapped on an Impala.

Named simply “SS,” Chevy calls it a “Sport Sedan.”

A crowd-pleaser at the Twin Cities Auto Show, the ‘14 Chevrolet SS 4-door was welcomed back by GM fans yearning for a V8 rear wheel drive (RWD) sedan, one that has been lacking since 1996.

People were digging the silver SS with its large wheels and performance tires. Styling is a bit reserved, though still muscular, especially when compared to the radical new C7 Corvette Stingray. Then again, big cars usually aren't sculpted as edgy.

Similar to the extinct Pontiac G8, a fine performance car itself, think of it as a 4-door Camaro. But don’t think it’s an FWD Impala with fancy emblems.

After all, if it’s good enough for NASCAR then it’s good enough for the street. Chevrolet SS models were officially unveiled slightly over a year ago, at Daytona International Speedway. An SS model was also designated as the Official Pace Car in 2013 and this year, too.

Chevrolet is marketing the SS as a low-production, higher-end performance sedan, likely in the same vein as Cadillac offerings. Production numbers have not been disclosed, but the sticker price on the display model hit nearly 46 grand.

Guess that’s the price you pay for waiting so long.

Now, if only GM would release a 2-door sedan. Or perhaps bring back the El Camino. Remember, the SS underpinnings are based on the new-gen Holden platform in Australia. Holden’s pickup/car hybrid is called the Ute and caters to a market segment that has been vacant far too long in the U.S.

But for now, we’re ecstatic with the way GM has brought back the SS, uh, Sports Sedan.

That’s a lot of S’s. Or should I say… $$?

For more information on the 2014 Chevrolet SS, click here: http://www.chevrolet.com/ss-sports-sedan.html