First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet SS Manual

The 2015 Chevrolet SS performance sedan was introduced last year and we already can expect the next generation 2015 model year with only a handful of updates. GM will surely upgrade this new lineup with all of the latest in-car technology, a high-speed OnStar 4G LTE connectivity will be Included. Rumors break the silence that the fine looking sedan will receive  a lot of changes under the hood.

Maybe the biggest change included in the 2015 Chevrolet SS will be the introduction of the manual transmission. Muscle car enthusiasts will be will most definitely enjoy this feature the most. That’s what Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman is saying. He broke the big news via Twitter, adding that the manual 2015 Chevrolet SS will make its U.S. debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise in August.

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Also there are a lot of other goodies Chevrolet fans can enjoy in the new model. The 2015 Chevrolet SS will come with an upgraded last year’s well-tuned suspension improvements accompanied with standard Magnetic Ride Control. The rear as well as the front brakes are now equipped by Brembo.

The price of a fully equipped SS comes at a base $46,740, but if you have a special wish for a custom sunroof, Chevrolet can do that for an additional $900. This beauty will be available in five new colors “Perfect Blue” and “Alchemy Purple” among others. We can conclude that with this Chevy is spreading it’s eye candy Dodge Charger palette  to other series.

The 2015 Chevrolet SS run takes 60 took only 4.6 seconds, while the quarter-mile 13.0. The automatic is a tenth of a second quicker in both measures because it’s easier to launch and lifting off the throttle isn’t necessary during shifts. That said, both the stick and the automatic clock 111 mph through the quarter.

It prove it’s excellent performance by breaking from 70 mph used 159 feet, and that six feet more than the SS we tested a year ago. The manual not only improves the driving experience but also helps performance. On some acceleration tests, the 2015 Chevrolet SS manual’s 4.5-second time was a 10th quicker to 60 mph than the last SS automatic we tested. The row-your-own gearbox also shaved a 10th off the SS’ quarter-mile time, which decreased to 12.9 seconds at a slightly faster trap speed of 110.8 mph.

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The manual transmission is also packaged with a more aggressive 3.70 axle ratio to give the car quicker acceleration than the automatic model, which uses a 3.27 rear end despite using the same 6.2-liter V8 that churns out 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. Production will be limited to about 2,500 vehicles per year and it likely won’t extend beyond 2017 once Holden shuts down in Australia

That run is identical to the 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT we previously compared against the 2014 SS automatic, and the 4.5-second 0-60 closes the gap between the heavier but more powerful SRT. This limited Holden-built Chevy is a fine looking muscle car but it’s definitively a complete 21st-century sports sedan. It might not be as mean and fast as the Camaro, but it has plenty of power to kick around the highway and racetrack.

 

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