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 |  May 17 2012, 11:07 AM

Straight from the other side of the world, Chevrolet announced its SS Performance sedan today: a rebadged next-generation Holden VF Commodore, as expected.

For the first time in 17 years, Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel drive sedan, though it will really just be a returning Pontiac G8. Still, the car will enjoy more fanfare than the Pontiac did because its new badge will also herald the Aussi car as its new entrant as a NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar, replacing the Impala.

The company confirmed that it will only be a limited-run car, manufactured next year to be sold as a 2014 model. Few other details are currently available, but the car will make its official debut in next year’s Daytona 500 in February.

Still, with a 6.2-liter V8 likely to sit under the hood with well over 400 hp, the transmission will probably be what makes or breaks Chevrolet’s latest performer. If it follows the G8′s mundane automatic mainstay, the limited production will probably be a good thing, but with a six-speed manual, this could be the four-door beast to marry power with everyday practicality the Camaro can’t have.

  • Howie johnson

    What a crappy looking car. What’s up with all the dumb-looking checkers??? I would DEFINITELY not buy that. I’ll stick to my Corolla XRS. Now that thing is a performance machine!

  • Superflous

    Howie, thats test car camo. They do that to hide the body line cues. Actually, the car will look pretty cool, coming from somone that has seen it, you may be surprised when you see it!

  • Steve

    Unless you own a race team you probably would not want to buy that. That is the NASCAR version, not the street car.

  • G8GT_Dude

    I see the troll fishing is good this time of year!  Nice work HoJo.

  • Carman

    looks like a beefed-up Cobalt…

  • Chris

    I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t offered as with a manual transmission. After all the Holden Commodore (which the Chevy SS will be a badged version of, with minimal changes) is offered with manual transmissions on lower spec V6 variants as well as V8 models. Then again, manual transmissions are far more popular here in Australia than in the States….

  • BrianK299

     That Chevy SS has about 750 horsepower under the hood and can quickly hit 200+ MPH and take a corner at high speed.  Try that in your Toyota.

    All prototype cars are striped, checked or swirled to throw off the spy photographers as to what car it is.  The manufacturers keep them ‘hidden’ until the official launch day.