When Chevy rolled out its new SS-sedan-based NASCAR Sprint Cup car last October, it also announced a tentative launch plan for the SS and it’s foreign cousin, the Holden VF Commodore. Looking for a tie-in to the start of the 2013 NASCAR season, General Motors would introduce both cars during Speedweeks in Daytona, Florida, which precede the running of the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup race.
While that made perfect sense for the launch of the new Chevy SS in the United States, we were puzzled why Holden would introduce a new sedan half a world away from its domestic market. NASCAR doesn’t visit Australia (though we will see the Australian V8 Supercar series at Circuit of the Americas in May), so there’s no potential link there, either.
It turns out that Holden was thinking along the same lines, so it introduced the VF Commodore on February 10. The “virtual drive” video below shows the Holden VF Commodore SS V-Series and Calais V-Series, though to be honest we’re only guessing at the differences between the pair. Presumably, the Calais is more luxurious, while the SS is aimed more at the blue collar crowd.
Expect the SS to wear styling very similar to the red car in the video below. Call us crazy, but we see quite a bit of the Chrysler 200 in the VF Commodore’s design, especially in the front end. The headlights are similar in shape, and character lines in the hood are vaguely familiar, too.
Chevy is set to introduce the SS this weekend, so we’ll have complete details (and more accurate images) next week. Until then, here’s a rough idea of what to expect from Chevrolet’s latest muscle sedan.