Chevrolet to debut rear-wheel-drive SS next year

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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Thursday, May 17 at 1:02 PM

DETROIT (AP) — For the first time in nearly two decades, the Chevrolet brand will have a rear-wheel-drive sedan in its U.S. lineup.

General Motors Co. said Thursday that the 2014 Chevrolet SS will go on sale in limited numbers late next year. The V-8-powered SS will be closely related to GM's Holden VF Commodore, a rear-wheel-drive sedan that will be sold in Australia.

The new SS will also be Chevrolet's NASCAR Sprint Cup contender. It will debut in its race configuration at the 2013 Daytona 500.

GM issued a photo of a camouflaged SS on a test track, but otherwise released few details.

The Chevrolet Camaro is also rear-wheel-drive, but it's a two-door coupe. The SS would have four doors.

Performance enthusiasts like rear-wheel-drive cars because they accelerate faster and handle better.

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