Chevrolet SS High Performance Variants, Manual Transmission Models a Possibility

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

This past week, General Motors showed off a customized version of its Chevrolet SS model at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, hinting that high-performance variants of its big rear-wheel drive sedan are a possibility.

The Jeff Gordon Performance Concept Chevy SS was built with input from No. 24 himself and while its 6.2-liter V8 remains at the stock 415 hp, more powerful versions could be on the way.

Imported from Australia where it’s sold as the Commodore, models down under are available with 544 hp and even 580 hp!

Chevrolet SS Jeff Gordon Performance Concept Unveiled

According to Chevrolet Performance Cars Marketing Manager John Fitzpatrick importing the higher performance models will come down to how successful the current model is. With a sales target between 2,000 and 3,000 cars, Chevy would consider more potent versions for the U.S.

In addition, while U.S. buyers only have on transmission option, a six-speed automatic, if it’s justified, six-speed manual transmission models could also arrive in America.

GALLERY: Chevrolet SS Jeff Gordon Performance Concept


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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Stonebreaker Stonebreaker on Nov 20, 2013

    Definitely get the manual, but it might be cheaper to hotrod the engine yourself.

  • John Mayo John Mayo on Feb 22, 2014

    The Chevrolet SS without a manual transmission makes about as much sense as dating a girl who doesn't put out. Why bother?

    • Jack Jack on Sep 14, 2017

      because regular people like to go fast, too. not all of us are focusing on our time in the 1/4. And we don't want to worry about working a stick when we take car to see relatives in Atlanta.