We may finally get a look at the styling of the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan when the automaker unveils the SS NASCAR Sprint Cup car next month. Speed reports that Chevrolet will unveil its SS-inspired Sprint Cup car on November 29 in Las Vegas.
While the Sprint Cup car is obviously a racing machine rather than a full production model, its design should mimic that of the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan. Chevrolet told us in March that “the new Chevrolet race car will closely resemble the production version. Both cars will be unveiled in the coming year.” That means the styling elements of the Sprint Cup car will provide a strong preview of the street car that’s set to debut sometime next year. The automaker has already shown off a camouflaged version of its new race car (pictured), as well as the “SS” badge that will adorn the production version.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS will mark the return of a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan to Chevrolet’s U.S.-market lineup. The automaker confirmed in May that the new car will have V-8 power, rear-wheel-drive, and will be based on a chassis from Australian General Motors branch Holden, most likely that of the Holden VF Commodore. (That chassis family is also used for the Chevrolet Camaro.) It will be Chevrolet’s first production rear-drive sedan since the Impala in 1996.
Our spy photos have shown that the new Chevrolet will have a large sedan body with a stubby nose, sloping roofline, giant brakes, and big rear exhaust tips — and numerous design cues inspired by the current Holden VE Commodore. It’s quite likely the 2014 Chevrolet SS will use GM’s next-generation small-block V-8, which will also debut in the new 2014 Corvette and 2014 Silverado pickup truck.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS is essentially the continuation of the idea behind the short-lived Pontiac G8, sold from 2008 to 2009. General Motors has brought another Australian rear-wheel-drive sedan to the U.S., but it is used only as a police car in the form of the Chevrolet Caprice PPV.
“I am thrilled that Chevrolet will deliver a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car in the SS that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale,” General Motors North America president Mark Reuss said when the new sedan was confirmed in May.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS is expected to go on sale by late next year, meaning we can expect to see the production car by spring 2013. Next month’s reveal of the new Chevrolet SS Sprint Cup car, however, will give us an early sneak-peek at the new production sedan’s design. The race car will make its debut in the 2013 Daytona 500.