Aside from the new Corvette Stingray, there doesn’t seem to be too much from the bowtie that gets our blood flowing. The short-lived and much-lamented Pontiac G8 GXP from 2008 held our attention at GM for a brief period, only to die when Pontiac got the axe. The long dry spell should end with the arrival of the 2014 Chevrolet SS, an American-made sports sedan that should expel the melatonin right from your pineal gland (thanks, high school bio class).

The first rear-wheel-drive sedan from Chevy in 17 years, the SS is based on Holden’s (Australian for GM) VF SS-V and houses a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine with 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Performance numbers like 0-60 in less than five seconds combined with a near 50/50 front-to-rear weight ratio means some serious driving fun. Although it won’t come with a manual transmission (at least initially), we’re thrilled that Chevy is adding some four-door testosterone to their lineup. Pricing has yet to be announced, but you’ll know well before the ballsy SS goes on sale at the end of 2013.