Chevrolet officially announces new SS Performance Sedan for NASCAR

2013 Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan for NASCAR Photo credit: GM
2013 Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan for NASCAR Photo credit: GM

 

2013 Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan for NASCAR Photo credit:  GM
2013 Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan for NASCAR Photo credit: GM

A day after the rumors began to surface in Australia, Thursday Chevrolet officially announced the return of a V-8 powered, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan to the U.S. lineup, the Chevrolet SS.  The manufacturer also confirmed that the SS will also be Chevrolet’s next NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar and will debut in its race configuration at the 2013 Daytona 500.

The model is based on the VF Commodore which is manufactured in Australia by the GM Holden LTD division. A left hand drive model of the Commodore had been spotted driving on public roads in Victoria near where the company is headquartered.

For Chevy the NASCAR deal is part of a larger program that will have Holden once again exporting cars to the American market. The Commodore was sold as the Pontiac G8 until GM was forced into bankruptcy.

“I am thrilled that Chevrolet will deliver a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR racecar in the SS that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America (and former director of Holden) in a prepared statement. “The Chevrolet SS is a great example of how GM is able to leverage its global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience that extends beyond the track. I am personally looking forward to driving it.” MORE>>>

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