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Tale of the tape: Chevrolet SS vs. Chrysler 300 SRT8 vs Ford Taurus SHO

16 February 2013

The arrival of the Chevrolet SS late this year means Detroit will have a brace of high-output sports sedans aiming for the same pool of customers. Here's how the newcomer from Down Under matches up on paper to the Chrysler 300 SRT8 and the Ford Taurus SHO — best we can tell so far.

As is common with a new model, Chevy officials didn't reveal full specs on Friday night, such as whether the SS can beat the SRT8's 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds. The SRT remains the horsepower king, and comes with the largest tires standard, but also weighs more. The Taurus is the only one with all-wheel-drive, but looks a step off the pace with its 365-hp EcoBoost V-6. Maybe a little fresh competition will improve the new breed of four-door Motown sports cars.

SS vs. SRT vs. SHO

Model 2014 Chevrolet SS 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 2013 Ford Taurus SHO
Drivetrain RWD RWD AWD
Transmission 6-speed auto 5-speed auto 6-speed auto
Engine 6.2 liter V-8 6.4 liter V-8 3.5 liter V-6 twin turbo
Horsepower 415 470 365
Torque (lb-ft) 415 470 350
Standard wheels 19-inch 20-inch 19-inch
Standard tires Bridgestone Potenza S001 Goodyear Eagle RS-A Goodyear Eagle
0-60 mph time >5 seconds 4.7 5.3
Premium fuel Recommended Recommended Suggested
Fuel economy N/A 14/23 17/25
Steering Electric Hydraulic Electric
Weight (lbs.) N/A 4,365 4,343
Wheelbase (inches) 114.8 120.2 112.9
Length 195.6 200.3 202.9
Width 74.8 74.2 76.2
Height 58.7 58.2 60.7
Front legroom 42.3 41.8 41.9
Rear legroom 39.7 40.1 38.1
Base price N/A $47,995 $39,300

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