2015 Chevrolet SS to Gain Six-Speed Manual and Magnetic Ride Control

There’s a lot to love about the niche-market, Australian-built Chevrolet SS sport sedan, but we found it hard to ignore the conspicuous absence of a clutch pedal. While the six-speed automatic transmission will continue into next year’s model, a recently published online order guide validates previous suspicions that the 2015 Chevrolet SS would, deservedly, receive a proper row-your-own gearbox.

In addition to its new six-speed manual transmission, the 2015 Chevrolet SS is also slated to add GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, featured on other sports cars like the Camaro ZL1. A Chevrolet spokesperson confirmed that the order guide is indeed accurate, while clarifying that the decision to add a manual transmission option at this juncture was part of the car's original product plan. Our colleagues at Motor Trend reported in April that a stick-shift Chevy SS was in the cards for 2015.

New paint options for the 2015 Chevrolet SS are also included on the order guide, featuring lively names such as Regal Peacock Green, Some Like It Hot Red, Alchemy Purple, Perfect Blue, and Jungle Green Metallic.

The 2015 Chevrolet SS will carry over otherwise unchanged, a serious sleeper with looks that don’t betray the meaty V-8 lurking within. The 6.2-liter V-8 sends 415 hp and as much torque, as an old-school sports car should, to the rear wheels.

Plans are still in motion to close down GM’s Australian manufacturing operation, which is responsible for building the 2015 Chevrolet SS as well as the Holden Commodore on which it is based. General Motors told us previously that the SS would continue production in Australia until the Holden facilities cease production in 2017. After that, the model’s future is uncertain.

Chevrolet has yet to release an on-sale date or pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet SS, but check back soon for more updates as they come across the wire. The 2014 Chevrolet SS starts at $44,470 with destination.

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