The SS gives Chevrolet a powerful rear-wheel-drive sedan as an option to the Camaro coupe.

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The SS shows understated exterior styling, masking its muscle car demeanor.

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Fender vents and Brembo brakes may give away its performance game.

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Working hood vents help cool the V8 engine.

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19-inch wheels come standard, with a staggered set using P245/40ZR19s at the front and P275/35ZR19s at the rear.

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As a full-size sedan, the SS accommodates five passengers.

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The SS' secret weapon is the magnetic adaptive suspension, continually adjusting damper stiffness to deal with driver behavior and road conditions.

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The SS is actually an import from Australia, where it is known as the VF Commodore.

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It uses a 6.2-liter V8 engine making 415 horsepower.

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The cabin features comfortable sport seats showing off the SS logo.

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