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2014 Chevrolet SS Pricing Announced - MSRP of $44,470

Chevrolet revealed details about the flagship sedan, the Chevy SS, earlier this year (Details about the new 2014 Chevy SS) but pricing has only been announced a couple of weeks ago. When it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013, it will carry an MSRP of $44,470 in the US, including a $995 destination fee. Unfortunately, the SS will not be sold in Canada.

The car will come standard with a long list of features such as:
  • High intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with light emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps (DRL)
  • Automatic Parking Assist
  • Chevrolet MyLink with a color touch screen and GPS-based navigation system
  • Bose premium audio system - including SiriusXM radio (with 12-month trial)
  • Color head-up display and color driver information centre
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Alloy pedal covers
  • Heating and ventilated front seats with memory
  • Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear-vision camera with rear park assist
  • Keyless access and push-button start

The only options available are a power-operated sunroof ($900) and full-size spare tire ($500). 

The car will come with only 1 engine option - the LS3 6.2 litre small-block V8 which makes 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet estimates a 0-60 mph time of about 5 seconds, which is probably conservative. A sub five second 0-60 mph spring should be expected. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the sole transmission option, with manual shifting available via steering wheel mounted paddles and a 3.27 rear axle ratio.

Chevy doesn't want the car to just go fast in a straight line, though, and payed a lot of attention to the suspension and chassis. The car rides on MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear suspension. Power steering has been optimized for sport driving and helping bring the big sedan to a stop are standard Brembo front brakes, with ventilated, 14-inch two-piece rotors and four-piston callipers.

The car will carry a nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity, thanks in part to an aluminum hood and rear deck lid that are 30% lighter than traditional steel panels (although I doubt an aluminum rear deck lid shifted weight around that much compared to a steel one). Helping put the power to the ground are forged aluminum wheels, wrapped in ultra-high-performance Bridgestone tires: 245/40ZR19 tires on 19" x 8.5" wheels in the front and 275/35ZR19 tires on 19" x 9" wheels at the back.

Available colours are Mystic Green, Silver Ice Metallic, Red Hot 2, Phantom Black Metallic and Heron White (basically, green, silver, red, black and white, nothing crazy). Unfortunately, though, the car will be subject to a gas guzzler tax. 

With a price tag of $44,470, it will be over $5,000 more expensive than a base Ford Taurus SHO, but nearly $2,000 less than a Dodge Charger SRT8. Similarly equipped, though, the Taurus SHO costs only $1,280 less and the Charger SRT8 costs $6,310 more. A Charger SRT8 would probably be ahead of the SS in terms of performance, though, so perhaps a Charger R/T would be a more direct competitor.

For around $50,000, what would you choose, a Ford Taurus SHO, a Chevy SS or a Charger SRT8? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: GM