• Chevrolet SS adding 6-speed manual, magnetic ride control for 2015
  • Updates designed to increase the car's appeal to enthusiasts
  • The SS's engine remains a 415-hp 6.2-liter V8

The sporty Chevrolet SS sedan will soon add a few upgrades designed to enhance its performance. So says Chevrolet, which recently announced that the 2015 Chevrolet SS is adding magnetic-ride-control suspension and an available 6-speed manual transmission for the new model year.

We suspect that car enthusiasts will be especially excited about the SS's new 6-speed manual transmission. Available as a no-cost option along with the current 6-speed automatic, the 6-speed manual will likely allow for faster launches and improved vehicle control -- big news for car lovers. Regardless of which transmission you choose, the SS will feature the same powertrain: a muscular 415-horsepower 6.2-liter V8.

Beyond the new transmission, the 2015 SS will also boast a major suspension upgrade. Dubbed magnetic ride control, the newly standard suspension system uses magnets to create a variable ride, which can quickly switch from soft and comfortable to tight and sporty. The system is already available on several high-performance GM models, including the Cadillac CTS-V and Chevrolet Corvette.

Aside from updates to its suspension and transmission, the SS won't get any other major changes for the 2015 model year, which makes sense considering that the sedan was only just released for 2014. The current edition already offers a modern interior with a host of high-end technologies, including a backup camera, an 8-inch color touchscreen, an automated parallel-parking system, dual-zone automatic climate control and dual power front seats.

If you haven't heard of the SS, you probably aren't alone. The full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan only made its debut a few months ago, and sales haven't been brisk given its high $44,200 price tag and narrow, enthusiast focus. With the SS's newly announced changes for 2015, Chevrolet likely hopes that more enthusiasts will pay attention to the sedan, with sales picking up as a result.

What it means to you: With a 6-speed manual transmission and a newly standard magnetic-ride-control suspension, the 2015 Chevrolet SS is now ready to win over enthusiasts who need a little more space than they can get in a sports car.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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