Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet SS


jmc-20129_1The high-performance Chevrolet SS, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, marks the return of a classic formula. It’s a rear-wheel drive sedan that looks great without being garish and runs with the best of them without beating you up for the performance. The Chevrolet SS was introduced as a 2014 model; revisions for 2015 further enhance the significant performance and exceptional driving enjoyment provided by the SS.

The 2015 Chevrolet SS (MSRP $44,775) gains some notable standard features, not the least of which is standard Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension, which reads the road up to 1,000 times per second. Standard Brembo front brakes now team with rear Brembo hardware, too. The new OnStar 4G LTE system offers built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and there are five new exterior colors as well.

For those who drive for the pure pleasure of it, the most important new feature for 2015 might be the newly available six-speed manual transmission. In an increasingly automatic age, the addition of a manual transmission for the SS underscores a commitment to enthusiasts from Chevrolet.

“The SS reinforces Chevrolet’s position as America’s performance car and affirms what we’ve believed all along – enthusiasts want the driving experience that only a rear-drive sedan can provide,” said Chevrolet U.S. Vice President Brian Sweeney, who also noted that the number one non-GM trade-in for the SS is BMW.

With rear-wheel drive with a sport-tuned chassis, the 2015 Chevrolet SS delivers precision on the road and is tremendously accommodating inside. There’s a fully-independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link rear design. Staggered front and rear tire sizes optimize balance and power while underscoring the lengths Chevrolet will go to make sure the performance of the SS is just right. Weight distribution is an even 50/50 front to rear, and a hood and rear decklid made from aluminum help keep weight down and the center of gravity low.

Offering a single trim level, the 2015 Chevrolet SS carries a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 415 hp and 415 lb/ft of torque. The V8 is paired with a standard six-speed automatic with TAPshift manual control or the new six-speed manual. A limited-slip rear differential gets the power to the road effectively by maximizing traction, and it helps the SS get from zero to 60 mph in a blazing 4.7 seconds – faster than a four-door Porsche Panamera S (4.9 seconds) and just a tenth of a second off a two-door Porsche 911 Carrera (4.6 seconds). The roar from the dual stainless exhaust outlets when you wind out the V8 is something to experience.

The cabin of the 2015 Chevrolet SS is handsomely designed, finely crafted and well-appointed. Jet Black leather-trimmed seats are hand-wrapped. They feature firm bolstering and are power-adjustable with two-way adjustable lumbar, making it easy to find the perfect driving position. Sueded microfiber inserts on the seats are perforated for heating and ventilation. Five adults will find comfort in the cabin of the SS, which provides 42.3 inches of front legroom and 39.7 inches of rear legroom. A standard power sunroof enhances the spacious feeling inside the SS too.

The integrated center stack is capped by a large touch-screen with crisp graphics. The touch-screen is your window into the standard navigation and Chevrolet MyLink systems, as well as serving as your portal to CD/USB/AM/FM/SiriusXM entertainment choices, and communications via paired devices. Climate control is automatic and controlled by easy-to-handle knobs just ahead of the shifter

Fun Things to Do on a Snowy Day


Can’t take your Chevrolet out cruisin’ due to being snowed in? Here are some fun things to do on a snowy day!

178046837Enjoyable ways to spend the day when you’re stuck inside

The kids are off from school and you can’t drive into work — it’s a snow day for all! But don’t spend it lounging on the couch. A snowy day means you can take advantage of a whole new host of opportunities — from fun activities to being productive. In fact, a snow day can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

So what are you waiting for? Try one of these activities the next time inclement weather keeps you home.

Create snow art

Sure you can build a snowman and make snow angels, but why not do something you’ve never done before? This activity is especially kid friendly. Try this: Fill empty spray bottles with food coloring and water, allowing the kids to use snow as their canvas.

“Adding color to the snow is so much fun and really allows them the chance to be creative and do something different than the typical outdoor, snowy activities,” says Deanna Garretson, a blogger at http://www.domestic-chicky.com. They’ll have so much fun doing it, and you’ll love being able to keep the messes outside.

Put your chef’s hat on

What is it about baking or cooking on a wintry day?If it’s too cold for your taste outside and you’d rather stay in and do something cozy, peruse a cookbook or search online for a tasty recipe (one, of course, that you have all the ingredients for in the house to avoid a trek through the snow).

“Oreo snowballs are the perfect treat to make with stir-crazy snowbound kiddos because there is no baking involved,” says Carrie Higgins, a blogger at http://www.makinglemonadeblog.com. They’re also great for partnering with hot chocolate after a morning spent sledding.” No matter what you make, whether it’s cookies or brownies or even a pot of homemade soup, the warm, fresh aromas will fill the house, keeping smiles on everyone’s faces.

Play catch up

It may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but a day off is still a day off, and if you typically don’t have the time to clean the garage, wash the floors, and do a load of laundry, you may want to take advantage of the time off. This is also a good time to teach the kids, if you haven’t already, about the importance of helping out around the house.

“When kids do chores, they’re learning responsibility. They’re learning that life requires work,” says James Sears, MD, co-author of “Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every Dad Should Know.” Other productive things you can do are make all those phone calls you keep putting off, write those thank-you cards from your kid’s birthday you’ve been meaning to finish, do some meal prep, etc.

Get your game on

While kids these days would rather play on an iPad or iPhone, a snow day is a great time to break out the old-school board games. The kids will love the chance to spend quality time with their parents, and have some good old-fashioned fun while they’re at it. Classics like Monopoly, Life, and Risk will take up a good chunk of your day, so make sure you have snacks handy during the game. Take it up a notch and build a fort with blankets and pillows to play the games in. No board games handy? Having story time by the fireplace (or in the fort!) can also be a fun activity.

Redecorate

Set the kids on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a movie, and get to work on changing up your living room curtains or rearranging your dining room place settings. You could even take this time off to Feng Shui your home, which involves specific placement and positioning of objects in your home to determine a sense of how the energy in your environment affects you. You might be surprised at how productive performing a few simple swaps in your home can make you feel.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.  www.jackmaxton.com