Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Brent Co | posted December 04, 2013 13:26
Testing media reaction and public reception for performance sedan
Chevrolet Thailand pulled the wraps off SS Sports Sedan at the 30th Thailand International Motor Expo. Taking all the good elements of the VF Commodore, Corvette and the Camaro, it is the bowtie brand's first V8 rear-wheel drive performance sedan since 1996 and is designed to deliver high performance on the track, as well as on the street.
The exterior belies the true essence of the SS Concept. Borrowing its looks from the VF Commodore, it is mature and discreet with a faint hint of its sporty heritage from the aerodynamic design. The display unit is wrapped in a rather loud 'Fantale Orange Metallic', giving its subtle look a more aggressive aura.
Under the hood is Corvette's Generation IV 90° 6.0L all-alloy Overhead Valve (OHV) V8 producing 362 PS and 530 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. For stopping power, only Brembo brakes will do. It also features cross-flow cylinder heads, twin knock sensors and on-board diagnostics.
Its rear-wheel drive platform is taken from the Camaro and to achieve on-track performance, its chassis is sport-tuned with MacPherson struts at the front and multilink independent suspension at the rear, low center of gravity and a near 50/50 weight distribution.
It is fitted by Chevy’s MyLink Infortainment system and an auto hands-free parking system as well.
"We are showcasing the SS Concept at the 30th Thailand International Motor Expo to test media reaction and public reception," said Jim DeLuca, VP for Manufacturing for GM’s International Operations.
The Chevy SS is manufactured in GM's Holden plant in Elizabeth, South Australia.