Chevy SS: Everything old is new again

GM announced it would bring a new rear-wheel-drive sedan out next year, sold as a limited-edition 2014 Chevrolet SS.

Chevrolet Nascar Sprint Cup racer
Chevrolet is already testing its Nascar Sprint Cup racer, the basis for the 2014 SS model. GM

It seemed that the progression of automotive engineering would eliminate the rear-wheel-drive car by 2020, but GM believes the architecture still has life enough for a limited production run. Next year the company will make a Chevrolet SS with rear-wheel drive and a V-8. We can only hope a manual transmission might be part of the mix.

In the Chevrolet SS announcement, GM noted there has not been a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet sedan for 17 years. Has it really been that long?

The new car will be based on the same platform as the Camaro, and it seems likely it would also get the 6.2-liter, 426 horsepower V-8 powering the SS version of that model. It also serves as a homologation for a Sprint Cup car Chevrolet will enter in next year's Daytona 500.

GM says it will produce the new Chevrolet SS in limited numbers, but did not specify the amount of the production run. It would go up against the Dodge Charger as the last non-luxury rear-wheel-drive sedans.

GM offered up this photo history of Chevrolet's SS, or Super Sport, models.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.


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