Chevrolet Impala SS; Global Viewpoint; Concepts
by Kevin Jost (Automotive Engineering 8/93)
Chevrolet's Impala SS is derived from the Caprice LTZ, a
sporty version of the Caprice that uses the drivetrain and
suspension from the car's police equipment package. A Chevrolet
official states that turning a regular Caprice sedan into a
production version of the Impala SS would not be difficult.
Most of the equipment is already available on the Caprice, and
the special appearance items would be easy to add.
The Impala SS is outfitted with the 224-kW LT1 Corvette
engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. To that base is
added a new grille, deck lid spoiler, monochromatic paint scheme,
and small inserts on the rear quarter windows. Goodyear
275-mm-wide GS-C tires, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and
50-mm-lowered suspension give the SS a more aggressive look. The
production version would have to be raised to conform to
Bucket seat tracks from the police package mated to two
production gray leather driver's seats, and a console between the
seats, help to enhance the interior's appearance. Satin black
paint replaces wood grain on the instrument panel and door trim.