In the Race Organizer Review series, we have seen the '13 mini Cooper S Paceman at Sears purpose, the 2014 Mitsubishi trooper GT at MSR Houston, and also the 2014 Mitsubishi Evo Tarchanoff phenomenon at Road America. A race organizer lives on the road in a lot of identical manner as a rock 'n' roll musician, solely while not the glamour, luxury, quality food, and groupies of a rock 'n' roll musician -- come back to think about it, maybe we're additional like carnies -- then the strengths and weaknesses of a vehicle become clear throughout the Thursday-through-Monday grind of a LeMons race trip.
Today we'll see however a 2014 Chevrolet SS in sable went over at Eagles ravine Raceway close to city.
When you are a LeMons race organizer, the primary issue you are doing once you get off the plane and into your automotive is build a stop at the grocery to choose up provides. several cases of water, snacks, paint for the LeMons Supreme Court's BRIBED stencils, and the baggage of 1 or additional coworkers should match into this vehicle.
Base Price: $43,475
On sale: currently
Drivetrain: half-dozen.- liter V8, RWD, 6-speed transmission
Output: 415 horsepower, 450 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 17/14/21 mpg
It's a mean-looking automotive from some angles, right out of V8 Supercar athletics, though few drivers perceived to notice it on Dallas-area freeways; i used to be expecting lots of double-takes and approving gestures from musclecar-loving Texans, however it clad that solely the foremost knowledgeable of automotive geeks will recognize this automotive from a ocean of black sedans.
Of course, that cloak of sedan physical property was torn away as shortly because the SS rolled into the Eagles ravine pen. In fact, the sole new race-organizer automotive that has ever attracted additional attention from LeMons racers was the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG that decide Jonny Lieberman and that i delivered to the 2011 Skankaway Anti-Toe-Fungal five hundred race. Those Lone Star State racers hovered round the SS all weekend, loving the sheer more than its Texan-style proportions and H.P. numbers.
The 6.2-liter LS3 V8 within the SS makes 415 horsepower and is that the end result of six decades of GM's steady improvement of the pushrod V8. The SS scales in at on the subject of two tons, thus this masterpiece of associate degree engine does not build the automotive terrifyingly quick; the SS runs quarter-mile times within the respectable low 13s. It does, however, build it a lot of faster than simply concerning any nostalgia-infused metric weight unit product thus beloved by its probable North yankee target market, together with such totems because the Buick GNX and 1964 GTO, and (unlike those cars) the SS is absolutely civilized as a daily driver.
Perhaps what this automotive wants may be a full-on, unapologetically skulls-and-flames interior, all worn out orange-and-red Naugahyde to the specifications of a crack team of third-gen-Camaro-driving tattoo artists in metropolis. Or maybe shaving 5 grand off the sticker worth and giving it the kind of essential gray-cloth-and-black-plastic interior that GM's fleet pickups get may work higher.
So, the Race Organizer opinion of the '14 SS: impresses the hell out of fellows hanging round the track, superb engine, nice spacious interior and trunk, crazy-making beeping, irritatingly faux-racer interior, shivery on ice.