Chevrolet race fans rejoice! Finally, at long last, Chevy has pulled the cover off the next stock car it will send into battle in NASCAR’s premiere circuit, the Sprint Cup. Chevy’s next stock car is based off of the upcoming Chevrolet SS production model, which has yet to be unveiled. However, we expect the street legal version to mirror its stock car sibling at least with its front-end as NASCAR has been working closely with all competing manufactures to get back to the “race on Sunday, drive on Monday” mantra. Ford has already unveiled its Fusion-based stock car and so has Toyota with its Camry variant. Dodge had unveiled the new version of its stock car Charger earlier this year as well but abruptly announced it would be pulling out of NASCAR in August with no return date made known.
Like the stock car Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, the all-new Chevrolet SS will be powered by a V-8 engine which diverts power to the rear wheels. The SS will be replacing the Impala, which represented the Golden Bow Tie from 1959 to 1964 and then again in 2007 to 2012 collecting 151 wins along the way. Chevrolet has amassed a total of 702 wins in NASCAR’s senior circuit with the automaker’s most 700th win coming courtesy of Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Impala at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month. Like the new Fusion and Camry, the SS will make its debut on the track at Speedweeks next February in Daytona, Fla.
“With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day,” said Mark Reuss, President of GM North America in a statement.
The production version of the Chevrolet SS will be based on the global rear-wheel drive platform that underpins other General Motors models like the Chevrolet Camaro and the upcoming Holden VF Commodore. The stock car SS reveals what we expect to be a very close copy of the production model’s front-end and taillights. A limited production version of the Chevy SS will arrive in showrooms late next year as a 2014 model. The SS marks the first time that Chevy has offered a rear-wheel drive sedan in the United States.