The more things change, the more they stay the same. Chevrolet discontinued the Impala SS after the 1969 model year, resurrecting it 25 years later as a 1994 model. Now, two decades after that momentous occasion, the 2014 Chevrolet SS arrives as the first rear-wheel-drive Chevy sedan since the last 1996 Impala SS rolled off the assembly line.
Sheesh, Chevy, make up your minds already. Do you want a rear-drive, full-size 4-door with a V-8 engine, or don’t you?
If you do, then you need to get this new 2014 SS model in front of more people who have between 40 and 50 grand to spend on a new luxury performance car. It’s pretty terrific, but the price tag is steep and people with this kind of cash typically aren’t interested in a set of wheels wearing a Chevy bowtie badge.
My bet, though, is that if they drove one, and considered the SS in the proper context, they’d discover a genuine bargain.