2015 Chevrolet SS to Get More Corvette Features
The 2014 Chevrolet SS has been billed by GM as being a 4-door Corvette, but the fact that the high performance sedan is powered by the LS3 V8 backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission; it is far more like a 4-door C6 Corvette than the new Stingray. Realistically, that drivetrain makes the SS more of a 4-door Camaro than anything else, but a marketing campaign’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there is no question that a “4-door Corvette” sounds a little better than a “4-door Camaro”. Fortunately, word on the street indicates that the 2015 model year Chevrolet SS will get two new features that will make it a whole lot more like the new Corvette Stingray.
First of all, it is expected that the 2015 Chevrolet SS will come with the option of a manual transmission that may be the 7-speed gearbox from the new C7 Stingray. Even if GM uses the 6-speed manual from the Camaro, the SS will have a leg up on the closest competitor in the segment – the Dodge Charger SRT. Of course, it should be noted that the Charger SRT packs 55 more horsepower and 55 more lb-ft of torque, but those American muscle car buyers who want a sedan with a manual transmission will be steered towards this new heavy Chevy high performance sedan. As for which manual transmission the SS will get, I would guess that it will be the 7-speed gearbox from the new Stingray rather than an older 6-speed unit similar to the one at use in the Camaro or the C6 Corvette. The Corvette has been the exclusive carrier of this new 7-speed gearbox for long enough and before it arrives in the next generation Camaro; I expect it to arrive in the 2015 SS performance sedan.