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by Jay Traugott
Quite possibly the best decision GM has made this year alone.
A couple of weeks ago this was still an unconfirmed report, but the details of which did sound realistic. And now it's our great pleasure to officially inform you that GM has announced that they will once again be importing the V8 Holden Commodore to North America beginning next year. The new Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan will not only compete in NASCAR in 2013, but will also arrive in showrooms as a 2014 (street legal) model.
Set to simply be called the SS, this will be the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the U.S. The SS (Super Sport) will be limited production and will launch its NASCAR career beginning with the 2013 Daytona 500. The SS will be very similar to the wonderful but now discontinued Pontiac G8, although we're expecting to see some styling and mechanical updates. Chevrolet hasn't announced any specifics yet, claiming only that the "much anticipated Australian-built car will benefit from significant technology advances which will enhance overall performance."
In other words, we're expecting the magic formula of a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 mated to a six-speed manual that sends power to the rear-wheels. The SS will be riding on the same platform as the current Camaro (which itself is a shortened version of the Commodore/G8/SS). Just to clarify: this is not the same as the Chevrolet Caprice that's being sold to police outfits in the U.S. The SS will be available to purchase for anybody who can get their hands on one. Happy Sunday everyone.