Designed and built in Australia, the 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan is the latest attempt by GM to import a little bit of the Land Down Under to America. With a 415 horsepower LS3 V8, rear-wheel drive, and four doors, the Chevy SS is the bowtie-brand’s first rear-drive sedan since the 1996 Impala SS/Caprice.
That should make it a big hit despite the high starting price of nearly $45,000. Unfortunately for collectors and drivers eager to get behind the wheel, initial supplies of the Chevy SS will be extremely limited, with just 900 or so examples split between 3,000 Chevy dealers, reports Edmunds.
That means less than 1 in every 3 Chevy dealers will be allocated a 2014 Chevy SS, and initial allocation will be based on Camaro and Corvette sales. In other words, the dealerships with the biggest-spending customers will get first dibs. Only about 900 Chevy SS will come over on the first boat from Australia, and the journey to America takes between 8 and 10 weeks. That means it’ll be awhile before more become available once the initial allotment is eaten up.
But GM seems to have realistic expectations for Chevy SS sales, pointing to competitor cars like the Chrysler 300 SRT8 or Ford Taurus SHO. Those cars only make up between 5,000 and 8,000 units an entire year, so GM would be happy to sell just 2,000 SS sedans every year. That’s probably not the news the Holden factory in Oz was hoping to hear, but at least GM isn’t deluding itself into believing it has another Impala SS here.
Still, the Chevy SS might do quite well for itself, even if it will be hard to get at first.