Chevrolet has announced that its new full-size performance sedan will sticker at $44,470 when it goes on sale here in the fall. Although the bottom line on the mono-spec 2014 Chevrolet SS also will be subject to an additional and not-yet-released gas guzzler tax, the car will still ring in several thousand dollars below its two closest perceived rivals: the Chrysler 300 SRT and Dodge Charger SRT in Super Bee spec.

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The first rear-drive 4-door for the Bow Tie division since the 1996 Impala, the 2014 Chevy SS will complement its 415-horsepower/6.2-liter LS3 V8, 6-speed TAPshift automatic transmission and aggressive 3.27:1 rear axle ratio with performance-tuned steering/suspension, upsized Brembo front brakes, and forged 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in ultra-high-performance Bridgestone tires (245/40 front and 275/35 rear). Capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in about 5 seconds, this hot hauler features a weight-saving aluminum hood and deck lid that also help lower the center of gravity and bring its front/rear weight distribution to a near 50/50 balance.

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Other key items on the 2014 Chevrolet SS' roster of standards include HID headlamps, a Bose premium audio system with SiriusXM radio, Chevrolet MyLink with GPS-based navigation, a color head-up display, keyless access/push-button starting, heated/ventilated front bucket seats, rear-vision camera with rear park assist, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Departure Warning and Automatic Parking Assist. Sole options for the new Chevy SS are a power sunroof ($900) and a full-size spare tire ($500).


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