Chevrolet announced pricing for the upcoming Holden-derived SS Sedan. The rear-wheel drive, V-8 Australian car will wear a base price of $44,470 including a $995 destination charge to ship it to the U.S.
There is nothing ‘stripped’ about the SS – there’s only two options available on the car, a sunroof and spare tire. The lack of optional gear is the product of the SS having just about every modern amenity expected on today’s vehicle, standard. Chevrolet has gone so far as to make navigation system and automatic park assist standard on the new SS.
Part of that long list of standard features is GM’s well-known 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. In the SS the LS3 generates a healthy 415 horsepower and 415 foot-pounds of torque, identical to the former Pontiac G8 GXP, the car the SS spiritually succeeds. The only transmission option is a six-speed automatic. The Corvette’s Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual gearbox is offered in Australia, as it was on the G8 as well. It’s unclear why Chevy is not providing the manual option on the new SS, however we speculate it is an effort to keep options and complexity of this import product to a minimum.
Speaking of the G8 GXP, it wore a starting price of $39,995 back in 2009. Couple the SS’ longer feature list and factor in today’s dollars, the $44,470 price is not terribly shocking.
The 2014 SS will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013 and The VanDevere Bunch can help you get into one as soon as they become available.